The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded approximately $101 million in Affordable Care Act (ACA) funding to 164 new health center sites in 33 states and two U.S. Territories for the delivery of comprehensive primary health care services in communities that need them most. These new health centers are projected to increase access to health care services for nearly 650,000 patients.
“The Affordable Care Act has led to unprecedented increases in access to health insurance. Part of building on that progress is connecting people to the care they need,” said HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell. “Health centers are keystones of the communities they serve. Today’s awards will enable more individuals and families to have access to the affordable, quality health care that health centers provide. That includes the preventive and primary care services that will keep them healthy.”
This investment will add to the more than 550 new health center sites that have opened in the last four years as a result of the ACA, said Burwell. Today, nearly 1,300 health centers operate more than 9,000 service delivery sites that provide care to nearly 22 million patients –nearly 5 million more patients than at the beginning of 2009.
Health centers have also been critical in helping people sign up for health insurance through the ACA marketplaces, according to HHS. Since 2013, health centers assisted more than 9 million individuals in their efforts to become insured.
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