Congresswoman Chellie Pingree said today that the York County Health Center is one of two health centers in Maine sharing $1.4 million infederal funding from the Affordable Care Act to help them open a new facility in downtown Sanford that will see over 6,000 patients a year and is expected to employ 12 medical professionals in the first year.
"For thousands of people in York County, this could mean getting health care that they wouldn't otherwise have had access to," Pingree said. "In many cases that means getting people preventive care to address problems before they become serious. Not only does that improve people's overall health, it also reduces health care costs."
Pingree, who urged the Obama Administration to fund the new health center, said the new facility will not only provide medical care, but also dental and behavioral services. It will be run by the York County Community Action Program and is intended to servefamilies from seven towns in York County, including Acton, Lebanon, Shapleigh, Waterboro, North Berwick, Alfred and Sanford.
York County Community Action Executive Director Barbara Crider was thrilled to hear from Pingree that the federal funding was being awarded.
"This money is going to allow us to reach thousands of people in York County and give them access to medical and dental care," Crider said. "It's going to have a big impact on their lives and on the community."
Health Access Network in the town of Lincoln also received a grant of nearly $800,000.