Health and Science
Wed May 2, 2012
Community health centers get $16 million in federal grants
Community health centers in Wisconsin are getting $16 million in federal grants. Officials say the money will enable the centers to see more patients in under-served areas.
Four of the five community health centers receiving grants will use them to make major building expansions in Madison, Milwaukee, Wausau and Marshfield. The additional space will allow some centers to provide care they couldn't before. Mental health services, for example says Stephanie Harrison. She's executive director of the Wisconsin Primary Health Care Association, "Whether or not the Affordable Care Act stays or goes I think most people recognize there's a huge need to build up our primary care infrastructure."
The Affordable Care Act seeks to do that two ways: expansion of community health centers, which provide care mainly for the disabled, poor and those Medicaid. The law also expands the national health service corps, which provides loan repayment for primary care doctors practicing in under-served areas. The law currently is under review by the U.S. Supreme Court.