The Health Resources and Services Administration has announced $22 million in new health center grants that will provide primary and preventive health services to people in need. The so-called New Access Point grants will establish 42 new health center sites in 23 states and offer health center services to about 160,000 Americans, according to HRSA, the primary federal agency within HHS that is responsible for improving access to healthcare services for people who are uninsured, isolated or medically vulnerable.
These awards will provide access to primary care, as well as pharmacy, preventive dental, mental health, prenatal-care, and substance-abuse services in communities that do not currently enjoy access to health center care, HRSA Administrator Elizabeth Duke said in a news release.
HRSA grants usually account for about 20% of a health centers revenue, while Medicare, Medicaid and other federal grants make up 45%. Operating funds from state and local grants, foundations and patient payments make up the remainder, HRSA said. -- by Jessica Zigmond
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