ACA funds for heath center


Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced today approximately $704,167 in Affordable Care Act funding to a new health center site in Wyoming for the delivery of comprehensive primary health care services to the communities that need them most. This new health center in Wyoming is projected to increase access to health care services for nearly 4,050 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 health care services for nearly 650,000 patients.

“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,” said Secretary Burwell. “Health centers are keystones of the communities they serve in Wyoming. Today’s awards will enable more individuals and families in Wyoming to have access to the affordable, quality health care that health centers provide. That includes the preventive and primary care services that will keep them healthy.”

Nationally, the investment announced, will add to the more than 550 new health center sites that have opened in the last four years as a result of the Affordable Care Act. Today, nearly 6 health centers operate more than 10 service delivery sites that provide care to nearly 19,896 patients in Wyoming.

Since 2013, health centers assisted more than 3,285 Wyomingites in their efforts to become insured.

“More people have insurance in the United States than ever before,” said HRSA Acting Administrator Jim Macrae.

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.


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