HHS awards additional ACA funds to Puerto Rico community health centers

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced on Aug. 11 that some $169 million in Affordable Care Act funding would be granted to 266 new health center sites in 46 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico for the delivery of health care services in communities.

These new health center sites are projected to increase access to health care services for over 1.2 million patients across the U.S.

In Puerto Rico, Corporación de Servicios de Salud Y Medicina Avanzada in Cidra received $325,000; HPM Foundation Inc. in San Juan, $1,045,559; and Neomed Center Inc. in Gurabo, $1,025,000 for a total of some $2.4 million to serve a proposed 10,046 new patients.

These awards build on the funds awarded to new local health center sites in May, when some $2.8 million to serve a proposed 10,319 new patients was awarded to Consejo de Salud de Puerto Rico Inc. in Ponce, which received $441,667; Corporación de Salud Asegurada por Nuestra Organización Inc. (Sanos) in Caguas, $701,397; Corporación de Servicios Médicos Primarios y Prevención de Hatillo got $487,500; Migrant Health Center, Western Region, Inc. in Mayagüez, $497,000; and Salud Integral en la Montaña Inc. in Naranjito received $691,667.

“Across the country, health centers have provided a source of high-quality primary care for people in rural and urban communities for 50 years,” said HHS Acting Deputy Secretary Mary Wakefield. “These Affordable Care Act funds build on the strong legacy of the health center program and provide even more individuals and families with access to the care they need the most.”

This investment will add to the more than 700 new health center sites that have opened across the U.S. as a result of the Affordable Care Act, including those awarded earlier this year.

“Health centers now provide primary care to one in fourteen people living in the United States,” said HRSA Acting Administrator Jim Macrae. “These awards mean that more communities than ever can count on a health center to help meet the increasing demand for primary care.”

From Aug. 9-15, more than 1,000 events were held around the U.S. in observance of National Health Center Week.