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How Will FY 2014 Funding Increase for Health Center Program Be Spent?

Friday, January 31, 2014  
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Now that Fiscal Year 2014 appropriations are finalized with the recent passage of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2014 (HR 3547), more details are being shared about how the $700 million funding increase for the Health Center program will be spent. Here is a breakdown as we understand it, but please be sure to join the Bureau of Primary Health Care's (BPHC) all-programs webcast on February 4 at 2:30-3:30 pm ET to get an update on BPHC activities in FY 2014 and have the opportunity to ask questions (click here to join webcast; to participate by audio only, call 1.800.988.9503, passcode HRSA). Also, if you missed the national call that NACHC hosted with HHS leadership last week, click here to access the recording and transcript. During the call, Jim Macrae, Associate Administrator for Primary Health Care, gave an update on the FY 2014 budget and funding for Health Centers.

  • $350 million for New Access Points and Expanded Medical Capacity and Service Expansion activities (this includes $150 million that was awarded in November to fund 236 New Access Points, and $50 million for behavioral health expansion projects for which guidance is expected to be released by the end of this month)
  • $110 million for base grant adjustments
  • $58 million for the outreach and enrollment one-time supplemental grants that were awarded in December
  • $50 million in sequestration cuts to the mandatory funding for Health Centers available through the Affordable Care Act’s Health Center Fund
  • How the remaining $132 million of the $700 million will be spent has yet to be announced

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