Health Centers Receive $851M

First Lady Michelle Obama announced June 29 the release of $851 million in stimulus funds for community health centers to fulfill equipment needs and attain expansion goals.

The First Lady made the announcement at Unity’s Upper Cardozo Health Center.

“Community Health Centers provide care to the Americans who need it most and their work has never been more important,” said Mrs. Obama. “These grants will help Unity’s Upper Cardozo and thousands of centers across the country expand and serve more Americans who simply can’t afford insurance coverage anymore.”

Over 1,500 health centers nationwide qualify for Capital Improvement Program (CIP) grants under the American Recover and Reinvestment Act to support construction, repair and renovation needs. It is estimated that more than 650 centers will use the funds to purchase new equipment or health information technology (HIT) systems, and nearly 400 health centers will adopt and expand the use of electronic health records (EHRs).

A list of CIP grantees by state is available on the Deptartment of Health and Human Services (HHS) Recovery Web site.

This latest grant money is in addition to the $155 million President Barack Obama released March 2 to establish 126 new health center sites and the $338 million in Increased Demand for Services grants for health centers HHS awarded March 27.

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5 Responses to “Health Centers Receive $851M”

  1. mklr says:

    yea and who’s paying for these “grants”?

  2. Brenda Hurley says:

    I thank this news is wonderful for the health care centers. because they need all the help they can get to help people who need help there are alot of americans that don’t have health insurance.and can’t afford it. i’m glad these health care centers will be able to help the american people.

  3. Valerie R says:

    When you come from a small community where the local clinic has had to close because of lack of funding, you can appreciate that they are getting the financial support needed to remain open, update equipment and keep doctors coming in. Many Americans don’t have health insurance, but also many don’t have immediate access to a healthcare facility. We need to make sure that our small clinics are supported so that they can care for the people in their communities.

  4. Lamon Willis says:

    While I understand that communities and providers need funding and money to operate, I hate that our government is giving it away as if it belonged to them. It will be worse for our country in the end.

  5. Kathy H says:

    The grants are great when the community uses the fund appropriately, but there is no oversight. Products are purchased with no thought of the cost, its free money. Who watching the person in control of the flow of money. Accountablility is an unknown word when it comes to government involvement.

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