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$24.8 million awarded to expand services at Community Health Centers. (Awards).

HHS Secretary Tommy G. Thompson recently announced $24.8 million in grants that will allow 220 health centers to increase the range of services they offer to medically underserved Americans.

These grants will enable health centers in 46 States and Puerto Rico to offer patients new or expanded oral health, pharmacy, mental health, and substance abuse services at current sites. The funds also will allow grantees to strengthen community outreach and increase primary care services provided through the Health Care for the Homeless program. The grants overall will broaden access for about 200,000 people.

Health centers serve all people regardless of their ability to pay, and target their services in areas where people face barriers to accessing high-quality, culturally competent care. Through extensive partnerships with local providers, hospitals, and managed care organizations, health centers build local systems of care that increase residents' access to health services.

President Bush has asked Congress for $1.3 billion to support HHS' Consolidated Health Centers program in fiscal year 2002--$124 million more than in the 2001 appropriation. The increase is part of the president's 5-year plan to add 1,200 new health center sites and to double the number of people who are served by the centers.

The funds come from the fiscal year 2001 budget for the Consolidated Health Centers programs, which include the Community Health Center, Migrant Health Centers, Health Care for the Homeless, Public Housing Primary Care, and Healthy Schools-Healthy Communities programs. HRSA oversees these programs.
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Title Annotation:Dept of Health and Human Services awards grants
Publication:Health Care Financing Review
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Sep 22, 2001
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