Congressman Barney Frank (D-MA), today commended Bank of America Charitable Foundation on its announcement of a $5 million program to help provide affordable health care for low- and moderate-income South Coast residents. Bank of America's program, announced in conjunction with Partners HealthCare, and the Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers, is aimed at helping increase the number of physicians at community health centers by providing financial incentives for doctors to work in centers. As a result of Rep. Frank's advocacy, the program will include three South Coast community health centers: Greater New Bedford Community Health Center, Healthfirst Family Care Center in Fall River, and the SSTAR Family Healthcare Center in Fall River.
"The absence of an economically and socially appropriate health care system in this country is a problem that we need to address on a long-term basis," Frank said. "In the interim, I appreciate creative efforts, like the one announced today by the Bank of America, to help fill some of the gaps. I am grateful that they agreed to include New Bedford and Fall River in this initiative."
The Bank of America, Partners HealthCare and the Massachusetts League of Community Health Care Center grant program will aim to improve access to quality care at community health centers. The program will help to provide tuition relief to doctors who commit to practice at one of the community health centers in Massachusetts, and encourage current primary care physicians to continue practicing in this field. The grant program will also provide for the development of pilot programs for the training and practice of providing primary health care.