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Indiana health centers get $4.5M in Affordable Care Act funds

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Six new health centers in Indiana will receive $4,493,417 in grant awards as part of the Affordable Care Act. The centers will serve over 42,000 Hoosiers.

U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius made the announcement Thursday. The Indiana centers are part of 236 health center programs receiving approximately $150 million in grant awards to serve more than 1.25 million additional patients.

Community health centers work to improve communities' health by ensuring access to comprehensive, culturally competent, quality primary health care services.

Indiana health centers served 285,940 patients last year, 40 percent of them uninsured. As community-based and patient-directed organizations, health centers are designed to be responsive to the specific health care needs of their community.

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.

About 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.

Health Center New Access Point grants, listed by organization and state, are available here.

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Learn more about HRSA's Health Center Program.

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