Federal Government Sets Aside Funds for Community Health Centers
Jul 1, 2014, 9:00 AM
The nation’s community health centers are poised for expansion thanks to the availability of new funds authorized under the Affordable Care Act.
In June, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced the availability of up to $300 million to expand community health center services throughout the nation. The funds are intended to help centers expand service hours, hire more medical providers, and add services in areas including oral and behavioral health, pharmacy, and vision.
Community health centers “deliver comprehensive, high-quality preventive and primary care to patients regardless of their ability to pay,” according to the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). Currently, nearly 1,300 such centers provide care to more than 21 million patients across the country.
"These funds will allow health centers to expand health services to better serve newly insured patients,” said HRSA Administrator Mary Wakefield, RN, PhD, FAAN.
Existing grantees of HRSA’s health center program are eligible to apply for funding. Applications demonstrating how funds will be used to expand services are due by July 1.
Learn more about the application process here.
This commentary originally appeared on the RWJF Human Capital Blog. The views and opinions expressed here are those of the authors.