On May 1, U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced $10,083,021 in grants awarded to community health centers in Hawai'i through the Affordable Care Act. Grantees estimate these awards will help them serve approximately 9,030 new patients.
The Community Clinic of Maui in Wailuku will receive about $4.5 million. The other two recipients are located on the Big Island.
Funding totaling more than $728 million across the U.S. will support renovation and construction projects, boosting health centers' ability to care for additional patients and creating jobs. The awards are part of a series of capital investments that are made available to community health centers through the Affordable Care Act, which provides $9.5 billion to expand services over five years and $1.5 billion to support major construction and renovation projects at community health centers.
Overall, since the beginning of 2009, employment at community health centers nationwide has increased by 15 percent.
Community health centers are serving nearly three million additional patients today and will serve an additional 1.3 million new patients in the next two years.
"President Obama's health care law is making community health centers in Hawai'i stronger," said Secretary Sebelius in a statement. "For many Americans, community health centers are the major source of care that ranges from prevention to treatment of chronic diseases. This investment will expand our ability to provide high-quality care to millions of people while supporting good paying jobs in communities across the country."