Fewer than one in 10 applications for new community health centers have been approved so far this year despite a larger stream of federal funding for such facilities, according the National Association of Community Health Centers. And for approved providers, federal funding has been slow to arrive, the NACHC said, even though in recent federal budgets, Congress and the president committed an additional $2.2 billion to community health centers through 2006. Meanwhile, states have reduced direct funding to community health centers by millions of dollars over the past two years in light of budget pressures, and more state funding cuts are likely, the association said. Yet community health centers have proven benefits, the NACHC said. According to the association, in medically underserved areas with a community health center, preventable hospitalizations decline by 5.8 per 1,000 people compared with underserved areas without a community health center. -- by Jeff Tieman
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