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Health centers receive funding

Posted On Fri, October 8, 2010

Hundreds of thousands of patients will benefit from the latest grant issued by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced that more than 140 community health centers will share $727 million in grant money under the Affordable Care Act.

Community health centers fill a vital role in the country's healthcare system. Approximately 40 percent of all people who frequent such facilities don't have health insurance.

The centers will also help create jobs. The National Association of Community Health Centers says more than 7,000 jobs were created or saved during the first three months of the year because of funding.

"There is no question that the economic downturn has made it harder for some Americans to get healthcare and important preventive services," says Sebelius. "Community Health Centers provide quality healthcare services to Americans across the country but are a life line for those who have lost coverage or are between jobs."

Data from the NACHC says it experienced the largest annual growth last year since the program was implemented. Within one year, the association says 2.1 million patients received care at one of the centers.

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