Healthcare Reform Has $250 Million to Create New Primary-Care Sites

HHS has $250 million to fund primary care.  With little fanfare, the Obama administration has released $250 million to establish “new access points,” locations designed specifically to house primary-care services in underserved neighborhoods.  The facilities are intended to mirror community health centers.  Created by the new healthcare reform law, the grants will be awarded by the Health Resources and Services Administration.

Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services, said “These funds reflect the administration’s steadfast commitment to improving and expanding access to vital primary healthcare services.  From our cities to our smallest towns, each health center has an important role to play, ensuring access to services in its community.”

Organizations eligible for the funding include public and non-profit groups, including tribal and faith-based community organizations.  All must meet health center funding requirements.

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