HHS announced the release of $338 million in grant money under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to reduce the numbers of uninsured by expanding services to community health centers.
More Americans are losing their health insurance and turning to health centers for care, said Health Resources and Services Administrator Mary Wakefield in a written statement. These grants will aid centers in their efforts to provide care to an increasing number of patients during the economic downturn.
The grants will be distributed to 1,128 federally qualified health centers, which will use the funds over the next two years to create or retain approximately 6,400 jobs, according to HHS. The funds are expected to provide care to an additional 2.1 million patients over the next two years, including approximately 1 million uninsured people.
We estimate these dollars will enable the health centers to both save and expand thousands of jobs, said Daniel Hawkins, senior vice president for policy and programs at the National Association of Community Health Centers.
The awards represent the second set of health center grants provided through the stimulus act. On March 2, President Barack Obama announced grants worth $155 million to establish 126 new health centers.