U.S. Senator Mary L. Landrieu, D-La., today announced that three community health centers in Louisiana will receive a total of $1,908,333 to help expand health care access. The funding for the centers in Delhi, Lake Charles and New Orleans is made possible through Affordable Care Act's effort to expand access to high quality health care. In 2010, health centers in Louisiana served more than 206,000 patients.
"Throughout Louisiana, community health centers are making a positive difference by delivering affordable and quality health care. The funding for these three centers that provide primary and preventive care will not only keep people healthy, but also control costs by reducing reliance on expensive emergency room care," Sen. Landrieu said. "I will continue to fight for this funding that is critical to strengthening Louisiana's health care infrastructure."
Last week during the full Appropriations Committee markup of its Labor-HHS FY13 appropriations bill, Sen. Landrieu helped secured $3 billion for health centers. The bill now goes to the full Senate for its consideration.
Federally qualified community health centers provide high quality, cost-effective care and save the U.S. health system $24 billion per year. Health centers are also an integral source of local employment and economic growth in many underserved and low-income communities. In 2011, health centers employed more than 138,000 staff including: 9,900 physicians, 6,900 nurse practitioners, physicians' assistants, and certified nurse midwives, 11,800 nurses, 10,300 dental staff, 4,400 behavioral health staff; and more than 12,500 case managers, health education, outreach and transportation staff.