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Federal Money Goes to Three Health Centers in DE

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DELAWARE- The United States Health and Human Services (HHS) Department said more than $700,000 will go to three health centers in Delaware, including La Red Health Center in Georgetown.

HHS Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced Friday that a total $701,040 in Affordable Care Act funding will go towards expanding primary care services in La Red Health Center, and Southbridge Medical Advisory Council and Westside Family Healthcare, both in Wilmington.

La Red Health Center will get $212,568, Southbridge Medical Advisory Council will see $210,682 and Westside Family Healthcare will receive $277,790.

The HHS notes the funding will create an estimated nine jobs in the first state, and help the health centers reach an estimated 2,489 new patients.

Currently in Delaware, three health centers serve 40,274 patients, according to the HHS.

“Health centers are a key part of how the Affordable Care Act is working to improve access to care for millions of Americans,” Secretary Burwell said. “These funds will enable health centers to provide high-quality primary health care to more people including the newly insured, many of whom may be accessing primary care for the first time in Delaware.”

These awards will help health centers stay open for longer hours and expand the care they already provide into new services, including oral health, mental and behavioral health, pharmacy, and/or vision services.

“Health centers provide comprehensive primary and preventive services in their communities,” HRSA Administrator Mary K. Wakefield, Ph.D., R.N. said. “Today's awards will be used to expand access to care to Delawareans that need it most.”

Health centers are helping to implement the Affordable Care Act, according to the HHS.

Nationally, $295 million was awarded to 1,195 health centers in every U.S. State, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the Pacific Basin.

Today, nearly 1,300 health centers operate more than 9,200 service delivery sites that provide care to over 21.7 million patients, according to the HHS.

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