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Sacopee Valley Health Center to Get Nearly $1 million in Federal Assistance

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Reps. Mike Michaud and Chellie Pingree say grant will help Maine families get access to health care

Representatives Mike Michaud and Chellie Pingree said today that the Sacopee Valley Health Center in Porter has won a federal grant for over $900,000 to provide primary health care for families in Cumberland, York, and Oxford counties.

"This funding is going to make it possible for Sacopee Valley Health Center to provide basic health care on a sliding scale to low-income individuals who don't have insurance," Michaud and Pingree said. "For some people, this is the only way they will have access to the kind of care they need to get and stay healthy."

The Sacopee Valley Health Center serves 5,000 people a year from ten towns in Western Maine and two towns in New Hampshire.

"With the slow economy, too many Maine people have found themselves without a job, without health insurance, and not able to go see a doctor when they are sick. This funding is going to make it possible for some of those people to get the health care they need," Michaud and Pingree said.

Maryagnes Gillman, executive director of the health center, said the funding helps them serve low-income families in the area.

"Getting to see a doctor for a check up or to treat basic health problems can help drive down health care costs by avoiding more serious, long-term illnesses," Gillman said. "This funding makes it possible for us to serve families in the community who don't have insurance and can't afford a doctor's visit."

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