Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin praised new grants announced today, made possible by the health care reform law, that will help build, expand and improve community health centers in Wisconsin and nationwide.
Access Community Health Centers, serving people in Dane and Iowa counties, Wisconsin, will receive $3 million to help build a new facility in South Madison that will include expanded medical and behavioral health capacity, a large dental clinic, and low cost pharmacy services. "We greatly appreciate that this provision in the Affordable Care Act will allow us to care for thousands more people, many of whom are unable to access medical, dental and behavioral health services," said Dr. Ken Loving, CEO, Access Community Health Centers. "We are especially grateful for Representative Baldwin's leadership, and her long-term support for community health centers like Access that care for many of the most vulnerable members of our society," Loving said.
"Community health centers provide essential health services to children and families who lack insurance and have extremely limited incomes," said Congresswoman Baldwin, who was a forceful advocate for this competitive grant program. "By increasing access to primary care, we can help prevent more acute conditions that require much more extensive and expensive treatment. This is just one more example of how reforms in the Affordable Care Act are strengthening families and communities, creating jobs and saving us money in the long run," Baldwin said.
Grants from the Affordable Care Act will support 398 renovation and construction projects, boosting health centers ability to care for additional patients and creating jobs.
Since the beginning of 2009, employment at community health centers nationwide has increased by 15 percent. Through the Affordable Care Act and the Recovery Act, community health centers are serving nearly 3 million additional patients today and will serve an additional 1.3 million new patients in the next two years.
Other Wisconsin facilities receiving a grant today are: Family Health Center of Marshfield, $4,397,473; Progressive Community Health Centers, Milwaukee, $5,000,000; Primary Connection Health Care, Wausau, $3,388,931; and Healthcare for the Homeless of Milwaukee, $348,853.