A total of 810 applicants applied for this round of funding, according to Mary Wakefield, administrator for HHS' Health Resources and Services Administration. Wakefield added that the new health center access point grantees are located in 23 states and Puerto Rico and will join more than 8,100 existing health center sites. The grants establish new access points in two categories: new sites for an established community health center, or a new center applying for the first time. “Of the 67 we funded,” Wakefield said, “Ten of them are in the latter category.”
Wakefield explained that the funding for community health centers in fiscal 2011 totaled $2.5 billion, which includes $1 billion in mandatory funding from the Affordable Care Act. This overall amount—which is an increase of $396 million from fiscal 2010—accounts for the $600 million in spending cuts to community health centers that were announced in Congress' continuing resolution to fund the government for the remainder of the fiscal year.