Earlier this week, HHS Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced over $260 million in funding to 290 health centers in 45 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico for facility renovation, expansion, or construction. Health centers will use this funding to increase their patient capacity and to provide additional comprehensive primary and preventive health services to medically underserved populations.
“Health centers are cornerstones of the communities they serve,” said Secretary Burwell. “Today’s awards will empower health centers to build more capacity and provide needed health care to hundreds of thousands of additional individuals and their families.”
Eight of Virginia’s Health Centers are recipients of this funding which means that more patients in their communities will have access to high quality, low cost primary care, dental care, behavioral health and pharmacy services.
VIRGINIA : 8 awards totaling $7,647,831
These awards will allow Virginia’s health centers to renovate or acquire new health center clinical space to help provide care to more new patients. This funding comes from the Affordable Care Act’s Community Health Center (CHC) Fund, which was extended with bipartisan support in the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) of 2015.
“Providing funding to help health centers renovate their facilities will allow them to provide care to more patients,” said HRSA Acting Associate Administrator Jim Macrae. “Perhaps more importantly though, health centers will now be able to provide more health services in one location, better meeting the needs of their communities.”
Since the beginning of 2009, health centers nationwide have added 6 million patients; they now serve nearly 23 million people each year. Today, nearly 1,400 health centers operate about 9,800 service delivery sites in every U.S. state, D.C., Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and the Pacific Basin.
Virginia’s 29 Health Center organizations, operating over over 135 service sites, serve over 300,000 patients and log over 1 Million patient encounters annually.
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