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$500 million in ACA funds to increase access

September 16, 2015

Washington — U.S. Department of Health & Human Services announced Sept. 15 plans to award nearly $500 million in Affordable Care Act funding to increase access to primary care services — including dental.

HHS Sec. Sylvia M. Burwell said $350 million of the earmarked funds will be used to increase access to medical, oral, behavioral, pharmacy and vision care services in 1,184 U.S. federally qualified health centers. HHS will award another $150 million to 160 FQHCs to increase patient or service capacity, according to an HHS release.

“These awards will give 1.4 million more Americans across every state access to comprehensive, quality health care,” said Secretary Burwell. “With these awards, health centers will be able to do things like increase their hours of operation, hire more behavioral health providers, add dental facilities, better treat patients with opioid use disorders, and help people get coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace and make the journey from coverage to primary care.”

The next open enrollment for the Health Insurance Marketplace begins Nov. 1. A complete list of all the FQHCs that received grants can be found here.