Community health centers getting $700M upgrade

AP News
Posted: May 01, 2012 1:49 PM
Community health centers getting $700M upgrade

Officials say nearly 400 community health centers will share more than $700 million in capital improvement grants as a result of President Barack Obama's health care law.

Community health centers serve mainly low-income people at more than 8,500 locations around the country. Patients can see a nurse or doctor regardless of their ability to pay. Many are uninsured.

The grants for construction and renovation projects announced Tuesday are part of an $11 billion funding boost for the centers under the health care law. They were awarded through a competition that involved independent reviewers scoring each application. That from Mary Wakefield, director of the federal Health Resources and Services Administration.

If the health law is overturned by the Supreme Court, it's unclear the government would be able to recover the money.