Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell has announced the availability of $100 million from the Affordable Care Act to support an estimated 150 new health center sites across the country in 2015. The new sites will increase access to comprehensive, affordable, high quality primary health care services in the communities that need it most, HRSA said.
“In communities across the country, Americans turn to their local community health center for vital health care services that help them lead healthy, productive lives,” said Secretary Burwell in a statement. “That’s why it’s so important that the Affordable Care Act is supporting the expansion of health centers.”
Today, nearly 1,300 health centers operate more than 9,200 service delivery sites that provide care to more than 21 million patients in every state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the Pacific Basin, HHS said. The new funding will add to the more than 550 new health center sites that have opened in the last three years alone as a result of the Affordable Care Act.
Health centers also play a critical role in helping the public learn about new coverage opportunities under the Affordable Care Act by conducting outreach and enrollment activities that link individuals to affordable coverage options available through the Health Insurance Marketplace, the administration said.
To learn more about this funding opportunity, visit www.hrsa.gov/grants/apply/assistance/nap/. To learn more about the Affordable Care Act, visit www.HealthCare.gov.