U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius recently announced $4,493,417 in grant awards to support six new health center sites in Indiana.
These funds, made available by the Affordable Care Act, are expected to help care for approximately 42,086 additional Hoosiers by establishing new health center service delivery sites. Nationwide, 236 health center programs will receive approximately $150 million in grant awards to serve more than1.25 million additional patients.
Community health centers work to improve communities’ health by ensuring access to comprehensive, culturally competent, quality primary health care services.
“We remain committed to providing more Hoosiers with the quality patient-centered care they deserve,” Sebelius said in a statement. “Indiana health centers are key partners in the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, and new health center sites will increase access to those who need it most.”
Indiana health centers served 285,940 patients last year, 40 percent of them uninsured. As community-based and patient-directed organizations, health centers are well positioned to be responsive to the specific health care needs of their community. These Affordable Care Act grants are earmarked to support the establishment of new full-time service delivery sites.
Nationwide approximately 1,200 health centers currently operate more than 9,000 service delivery sites that provide care to over 21 million patients in every state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the Pacific Basin. Since the beginning of 2009, health centers have added 4 million patients and more than 35,000 new full-time positions.