Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell recently announced approximately $5,080,120 in Affordable Care Act funding to 10 new health center sites in Florida for the delivery of comprehensive primary healthcare services to the communities that need them most. These new health centers in Florida are projected to increase access to healthcare services for nearly 46,160 patients. Nationally, approximately $101 million was awarded to 164 new health center sites in 33 states and two U.S. territories to increase access to healthcare services for nearly 650,000 patients.
Local centers receiving funding include Banyan Community Health Center Inc., Miami, $703,602; Borinquen Health Care Center Inc., Miami, $525,000; Citrus Health Center, Hialeah, $391,667, and Community Health of South Florida, Cutler Bay, $487,500.
“The Affordable Care Act has led to unprecedented increases in access to health insurance. Part of building on that progress is connecting people to the care they need,” Secretary Burwell said. “Health centers are keystones of the communities they serve in Florida.
“Today’s awards will enable more individuals and families in Florida to have access to the affordable, quality healthcare that health centers provide. That includes the preventive and primary care services that will keep them healthy.”
Nationally, this investment will add to the more than 550 new health center sites that have opened in the past four years as a result of the Affordable Care Act. Today, nearly 48 health centers operate more than 446 service delivery sites that provide care to nearly 1,128,651 patients in Florida.
Health centers also have been critical in helping Floridians sign up for health insurance through the Marketplace. Since 2013, health centers assisted more than 543,785 Floridians in their efforts to become insured.
“More people have insurance in the United States than ever before,” said HRSAActing Administrator Jim Macrae. “Health centers provide an accessible and dependable source of culturally competent primary care for many of the newly insured.”
The recently enacted bipartisan Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act builds on this progress by extending mandatory funding for health centers in fiscal years 2016 and 2017. To see a list of other funding recipients, visit online at www.hrsa.gov/about/news/2015tables/newaccesspoints/. To learn more about the Affordable Care Act, visit online at www.HealthCare.gov.
To learn more about HRSA’s Health Center Program, visit the website at http://bphc.hrsa.gov/about/index.html. To find a health center in your area, visit online at http://findahealthcenter.hrsa.gov.