HHS Announces Funding to Expand Services at Health Centers, Increase Access to Care, Create Jobs
Friday, September 12, 2014
Today, Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced $295 million in Affordable Care Act funding to 1,195 Health Centers in every U.S. State, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the Pacific Basin to expand primary care services.
The grant will enable Health Centers to increase access to comprehensive primary health care services by hiring an estimated 4,750 new staff including new health care providers, staying open for longer hours, and expanding the care they provide to include new services such as oral health, behavioral health, pharmacy, and vision services. These investments will help Health Centers reach an estimated 1.5 million new patients nationwide, including over 137,000 oral health patients and more than 38,000 mental and substance abuse patients.
In Michigan, 36 Health Centers received awards totaling $8,539,761, which is projected to support 144 new full-time equivalent positions and enable these organizations to provide primary and preventive health care for 51,635 new patients.
Click here to read the HHS press release in its entirety.
Click here for the list of the recipients in Michigan.