Hhs Award $19 Million For Health Center Services
More than $19 million in grants to help 66 of the nation’s health centers expand capacity to serve 270,000 more rural and inner-city Americans, including many without health insurance, have been announced by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
Health centers deliver primary and preventive care to patients regardless of their ability to pay. Almost 40 percent of the 12.4 million patients treated at health centers in 2003 had no insurance coverage. Charges for health care services are set according to income, and fees are not collected from the poorest patients.
Under the Consolidated Health Center Program, HRSA funds a national network of more than 3,600 health center sites, which are supported by grants to community health centers, health care for the homeless centers, migrant health centers, school-based health centers and public housing primary care centers.