In a move that could help many people stay healthy and avoid the increasing cost of life insurance, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has announced the availability of $700 million to build, expand and improve community health centers across the United States.
The funds are being made available by the Affordable Care Act and will support renovation and construction projects, which will help centers' ability to care for more patients and create jobs in the communities with new construction. Community health centers help to serve low-income communities.
“For many Americans, community health centers are the major source of care that ranges from prevention to treatment," said HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. "These funds will expand our ability to provide high-quality care to millions of people while supporting good paying jobs in communities across the country.”
Community Health centers last year were staffed by more than 131,000 professionals who cared for 20 million patients at 8,100 service delivery sites. Over the next five years, the Affordable Care Act will provide $11 billion for the operation, expansion and construction of these health centers.