HHS awards $7.8 million in Affordable Care Act funding to health centers in Alaska
To expand primary care services and for facility renovation, expansion, or construction
Today, Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced $7.8 million in Affordable Care Act funding to support health centers in Alaska in providing primary care services to those who need them most. The awards include $6,796,894 for 27 health centers to increase access to services such as medical, oral, behavioral, pharmacy, and vision care. $1,000,000 will be awarded to 1 health center for facility renovation, expansion, or construction to increase patient or service capacity.
Nationally, 1,184 health centers will receive approximately $350 million to increase access to services such as medical, oral, behavioral, pharmacy, and vision care. Nearly $150 million will be awarded to 160 health centers nationwide for facility renovation, expansion, or construction to increase patient or service capacity.
“These awards will give more people in Alaska access to comprehensive, quality health care,” said Secretary Burwell. “With these awards, health centers will be able to do things like increase their hours of operation, hire more behavioral health providers, add dental facilities, better treat patients with opioid use disorders, and help people get coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace and make the journey from coverage to primary care.”
Today’s Health Center Expanded Services funds build on HHS’ investments to expand access to affordable care for the millions of Americans who have become insured thanks to the Affordable Care Act. The next open enrollment for the Health Insurance Marketplace begins on Nov. 1, 2015, and eligible people can enroll in Medicaid year round. Today’s funds may be used to support these outreach and enrollment activities and help individuals find the health care coverage that best meets their needs and budget. Since 2013, health centers have assisted more than 12 million people with their efforts to become insured. The Health Infrastructure Investment Program awards allow health centers to renovate or acquire new health center clinical space to help health centers meet community needs.
Since the beginning of 2009, nationally health centers have added 6 million patients, and are now serving nearly 23 million people each year. In Alaska, 28 health center grantees operating 164 clinic sites served 108,015 patients in 2014.
View a list of the 1,184 Expanded Services awardees: http://bphc.hrsa.gov/programopportunities/fundingopportunities/ExpandedServices/2015awards/index.html.
View a list of the 160 Health Infrastructure Investment Program awardees: http://bphc.hrsa.gov/programopportunities/fundingopportunities/hiip/2015awards/index.html.
View more information on the Health Center Program: www.bphc.hrsa.gov
Find a Health Center in your area: www.findahealthcenter.hrsa.gov