Published June 22, 2012
The Obama administration awarded grants to 219 health care clinics nationwide, including a total of $2.9 million for five clinics in South Carolina.
Clinics in the Upstate, Midlands and on the South Carolina coast are affected.
In an appearance in Detroit on Wednesday, Health and Human Services Department Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced awards of the new grants made possible by the health care law to expand community health centers.
The grants awarded to the 219 health centers will help expand access to care for more than 1.25 million additional patients and create approximately 5,640 jobs by establishing new health center service delivery sites, Sebelius said.
“The health care law is making our community health centers stronger and ensuring more Americans get the care they need,” Sebelius said.
As community-based and patient-directed organizations, health centers are well positioned to be responsive to the specific health care needs of their community, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said in its announcement.
“Through the Affordable Care Act’s commitment to expand access to high quality health care for all Americans, these grants will support establishment of new full-time service delivery sites,” the agency said.
“Health centers serve more than 20 million patients nationwide and are an integral part of our health care system,” said Mary K. Wakefield, administrator of the Health Resources and Services Administration. “These awards demonstrate our commitment to increasing access to quality health care through the creation of new health center sites.”
Public or nonprofit private entities were eligible, including tribal, faith-based and community-based organizations who met health center funding requirements. Current HRSA grantees could apply as well as organizations applying for the first time.
S.C. clinics funded through the Affordable Care Act