U.S. Community Health Centers Get $128 Million in Grants

Affordable Care Act funds will expand services, personnel.

Kathleen Sebelius health center grants

U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced the health center grants in Detroit recently. (Photo: Bill Pugliano/Getty Images)

Jeannine Stein, a California native, wrote about health for the Los Angeles Times. In her pursuit of a healthy lifestyle she has taken countless fitness classes, hiked in Nepal and got in a boxing ring.

Hundreds of community health centers around the country will share $128.6 million in grant money, courtesy of the Affordable Care Act.

U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius was in Detroit this week to announce that the money will enable 219 health centers to expand their services, potentially reaching more than 1.25 additional patients. The grants will also add about 5,640 jobs such as doctors, nurses, dentists and support staff.

Centers in 41 states, plus the District of Columbia, the Northern Mariana Islands and Puerto Rico will have access to the money.

“Health centers serve more than 20 million patients nationwide and are an integral part of our health care system,” said Mary K. Wakefield in a news release. Wakefield, administrator of the Health Resources and Services Administration, added,  “These awards demonstrate our commitment to increasing access to quality health care through the creation of new health center sites.”

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