Los Angeles, CA – Today the Obama Administration announced $150 million in awards to support 236 new health center sites serve an additional 1.25 million patients nationwide. Forty six of these organizations are located in California, with eighteen LA-based organizations receiving over $12.1 million in grants.
Community clinics and health centers (clinics) throughout Los Angeles County currently provide high-quality, cost-effective preventative and primary care services to over one million patients each year. In this way, clinics greatly reduce the burden of costs associated with the lack of primary and preventative care, which contributes to increasing healthcare costs. With this newest round of funding, 43 organizations across Los Angeles now receive federal support in serving the underserved.
CCALAC President & CEO Louise McCarthy responded to the news, “This latest round of funding comes at a critical time as LA’s clinics work diligently to implement the Affordable Care Act in their communities. This means that more Los Angeles residents will be able to receive high-quality, cost-effective care when and where they need it.”
U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius commented on the awards, “We are committed to providing more people across the country with the quality patient-centered care they deserve. Health centers are key partners in the improving access to quality, affordable health care services for those who need it most. With new, affordable health insurance options available under the Affordable Care Act, community health centers are also key partners in helping uninsured residents sign up for health coverage – many of whom have been locked out of the health insurance market for years.”
Health centers also link individuals to care through outreach and enrollment, assuring that individuals in their communities have the information and assistance they need to enroll in care through the Health Insurance Marketplace, known in California as Covered California. Today, approximately 1,200 health centers operate more than 9,000 service delivery sites that provide care to over 21 million patients in every State, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the Pacific Basin. Since the beginning of 2009, health centers have added 4 million patients and more than 35,000 new full-time positions. “We are thrilled to be able to provide additional Affordable Care Act resources to health centers
to establish new sites,” said the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Administrator Mary K. Wakefield, Ph.D., R.N. “With these new funds, health centers will provide more individuals and families across the country with access to high quality affordable health care.”
About the Community Clinic Association of Los Angeles County (CCALAC) – The Community Clinic Association of Los Angeles County (CCALAC) is the largest regional association of nonprofit community clinics and health centers in California. Founded in 1994,
CCALAC has 53 members that operate nearly 200 clinics throughout the County. These clinics serve over one million patients per year, the majority of whom are uninsured or underinsured. CCALAC is dedicated to serving and representing the interests of its member clinics as providers of quality health care, including medical, dental and pharmacy services. For more information about CCALAC, visit www.ccalac.org or call (213) 201-6500.
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