Congresswoman Chellie Pingree was in Sanford this morning at the site of a new community health center for York County. The new facility, scheduled for opening in January, is expected to serve 6,000 patients a year and create 21 new full time staff jobs. Pingree had worked with local officials to secure a $600,000 grant under the health care reform law to help fund the new health center.
"Today in Maine there are far too many who don't have health care coverage. But just because you don't have health care coverage doesn't mean you don't get sick," Pingree said. "Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, thousands of Sanford area families will have access to health care."
The current health center targets care to homeless and public housing populations, but the new facility will be a resource for the entire community.
York County Community Action Executive Director Barbara Crider said the new health center would triple the number of people the health center sees.
"This Health Center will be owned by the community and will open access to families living in the heart of York County, providing medical, dental, and behavioral health care," Crider said. "It's going to have a big impact on their lives and on the community."