The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced June 3 that the agency will award up to $300 million to community health centers through the 2014 expanded services supplemental funding opportunity. This does not represent new funding, but comes from a $9.5 billion community health center fund established by the Affordable Care Act. Existing health centers may be eligible for this funding if they increase access to comprehensive primary care services for the underserved and newly insured populations. Eligible health centers must submit a proposal that addresses increased access for new patients through expanded hours, more medical providers, or increased availability of existing medical services. Health centers may also propose to use up to 50 percent of funding to establish or expand oral, behavioral, vision, and pharmacy services. Proposals are due July 1.
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