Thursday, May 3, 2012

$21M in federal grants for 5 Kansas health centers

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Five community health centers in Kansas will receive about $21 million in federal grants for expansion projects, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said Tuesday.

The grants are from the Affordable Care Act, which provides about $9.5 billion to expand services over five years and $1.5 billion to support construction and renovation projects at community health centers, the department said in a release.

The number of patients being served by community health centers is expected to grow by about 1.3 million patients nationwide during the next two years, the department said.

"For many Americans, community health centers are the major source of care that ranges from prevention to treatment of chronic diseases," Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said in the release.

The grants nationwide are from two capital programs for community health centers. One program provides about $629 million to 171 health centers for longer-term projects to expand their facilities. The second group of awards provides about $99 million to 227 health centers to take care of more urgent facility and equipment needs.

The Kansas centers receiving money for long term expansion plans are Prairiestar Health Center in Hutchinson, which will get $5 million; Community Health Center of Southeast Kansas, $4.7 million; the Hunter Health Clinic in Wichita, $4.6 million; Konza Prairie Community Health Center in Junction City, $4.5 million; and the Salina Health Education Foundation, which will receive about $2.7 million.

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