Community Health Care Receives Grants To Expand Services
As more people loss their jobs, the community health centers are becoming more important in providing care. At the end of March, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced the release of $338 million to expand the services offered by these community health centers.
The Increased Demand for Services (IDS) grants are to be distributed to 1,128 federally qualified health center grantees. The health centers are to use the funds over the next two years to create or retain approximately 6,400 health center jobs. These jobs are meant to expand services by adding new providers, expanding hours of operations and /or expanding services provided. The funds are meant to provide care to an additional 2.1 million patients over the next two years, including approximately 1 million uninsured people.
Community health centers deliver preventive and primary care services to patients regardless of their ability to pay. Charges for services are set according to income. Health centers served approximately 16 million patients in 2007. This number included about 40 percent of whom had no health insurance.
Earlier this year, President Obama announced grants worth $155 million to establish 126 new health centers. The money was made available by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services