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$5M Awarded To 10 FL Health Centers

Federal health officials have issued more than $5 million in grants to 10 health centers across Florida to serve patients who are newly insured under the Affordable Care Act. Gerry Skinner works for Tampa Family Health Center, which is getting $510,583.
Federal health officials have issued more than $5 million in grants to 10 health centers across Florida to serve patients who are newly insured under the Affordable Care Act. Gerry Skinner works for Tampa Family Health Center, which is getting $510,583.

Federal health officials have awarded more than $5 million in grants to 10 health centers in Florida to serve newly insured patients under the Affordable Care Act.

The grants are expected to serve about 46,000 patients, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

The “Access Point” grants are going to:

Banyan Community Health Center, Inc.                 Miami                   $703,602

Borinquen Health Care Center, Inc.                         Miami                   $525,000

Central Florida Health Care, Inc.                                                Avon Park           $525,000

Citrus Health Network, Inc.                                         Hialeah                 $391,667

Community Health Centers Of Pinellas, Inc.         St. Petersburg $691,667

Community Health Of South Florida, Inc.               Cutler Bay           $487,500

Health Care District Of Palm Beach County           Lake Worth         $483,333

Premier Community Healthcare Group, Inc.        Dade City             $382,601

Rural Health Care, Incorporated                                               Palatka                 $379,167

Tampa Family Health Centers, Inc.                           Tampa                  $510,583

TOTAL: $5,080,120

“The Affordable Care Act has led to unprecedented increases in access to health insurance.  Part of building on that progress is connecting people to the care they need,” HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell said in a news release. “Health centers are keystones of the communities they serve. [The] awards will enable more individuals and families to have access to the affordable, quality health care that health centers provide. That includes the preventive and primary care services that will keep them healthy.”

The grants to Florida are among the $101 million being awarded to 164 health centers across the country. 

Lottie Watts is a reporter for in Tampa. receives support from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

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