The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced Friday that it would fuel expansion of community health centers' services throughout the country. The agency has said it will release $338 million that will be distributed to 1,128 grantees to allow an additional 2.1 million uninsured and underinsured patients to receive medical care.
The funds, part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, provide "Increased Demand for Service" grants to centers that will now be able to create and retain roughly 6,400 jobs over the next two years, according to the HHS. In Pennsylvania alone, 36 community health centers will receive $9.4 million that will allow them to provide access to healthcare to about 60,000 new patients. Community health centers in California, New York, Illinois, Florida, Texas and Washington received among the largest grants.
To learn more:
- see this press release
- also see this Philadelphia Business Journal story