A select group of health care agencies, providing services to lower- and middle-income patients, got word this morning that they would receive more than $9 million in grants to build or upgrade community health centers. The grants—earmarked through the Affordable Care Act—will support renovation and construction projects, which will ultimately serve approximately 16,000 new patients.
Terry Reilly Health Services will receive $5 million to build and upgrade its Nampa health care facilities. The Family Health Services Corporation will receive $2.7 million to build a Twin Falls community health center. Other grantees include the Glenns Ferry Health Center and the Upper Valley Community Health Center in St. Anthony.
According to a new report released this morning from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the health care reform law has already supported the renovation of 190 health center sites and the creation of 67 new health center sites across the country. Over the next two years, 245 more sites are expected to be created.