Obama Releases $155 Million for New Health Centers
President Obama announced March 2 the release of $155 million in grant funds authorized by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) for 126 new health centers across the country. These grants, administered by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), are expected to create 5,500 jobs and help provide health services for 750,000 Americans in need of health care.
“We have acted quickly to put Recovery Act dollars to good use in communities across America,” said President Obama. “The construction and expansion of health centers will create thousands of new jobs, help provide health care to an estimated 750,000 Americans across the country who wouldn’t have access to care without these centers, and take another step toward an affordable, accessible health care system.”
These initial grants only scratch the surface of what’s to come. Over the next two years, the ARRA will provide over $2 billion in funds for community health center renovations and repairs, investments in health information technology, and critically needed health care.
To view the state-by-state distribution of the ARRA funds for these health centers, visit the HHS.gov/Recovery Web site.
On Feb. 25, the first installment of more than $15 billion of Federal Medical Assistance Percentage Funding (FMAP) included in the ARRA for Medicaid relief was also made available to states. A chart detailing who gets what is also available on the HHS.gov/Recovery Web site.
To ensure the estimated $137 billion in Recovery Act funds is distributed expediently, the HHS has launched the Office of Recovery Act Coordination. Dennis Williams will lead the new office and serve as HHS Deputy Assistant Secretary for Recovery Act Coordination.