More than a dozen Florida community health centers — including seven in Miami-Dade County — were awarded $8.3 million in grants Thursday to expand their practices and hire more physicians, nurses, dentists, psychologists and other providers in an effort to increase Americans’ access to healthcare under the Affordable Care Act, federal officials announced.
The grants from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services are part of a national effort by the federal government, which awarded about $150 million to 236 health centers in 43 states, including 16 centers in Florida.
Seven centers in Miami-Dade will share more than $3.9 million, with the largest single amounts awarded to Borinquen Health Care Center in Miami and the Center for Family and Child Enrichment in Miami Gardens. Each received grants of $775,000.
Altogether, Florida’s grants will help deliver healthcare to approximately 73,000 Floridians who otherwise may not have had access to care. Florida has 48 health centers that served 1.1 million patients in 2012, with about 44 percent of them uninsured, according to HHS.
Mary Wakefield, a registered nurse and administrator for the Health Resources and Services Administration, an agency within HHS, said the grants were written into the healthcare reform law. She said the ACA set aside $11 billion to be awarded over five years, beginning in 2011, to support the expansion of community health centers. Total grants to be awarded for 2014, including the ones announced Thursday, will total $2.2 billion.
“All of us in the Obama administration are working hard to make sure that Americans who aren’t in the healthcare system finally get in,’’ Wakefield said. More here. Download press release: Download Florida State NAP Press Release Nov 2013
Here's the list of centers:
16 awards totaling $8,322,626 to serve a proposed additional 72,999 patients
|BORINQUEN HEALTH CARE CENTER, INC.||MIAMI||FL||$775,000|
|CAMILLUS HEALTH CONCERN, INC.||MIAMI||FL||$650,000|
|CENTER FOR FAMILY AND CHILD ENRICHMENT, INC., THE||MIAMI GARDENS||FL||$775,000|
|CENTRAL FLORIDA HEALTH CARE, INC.||AVON PARK||FL||$775,000|
|CITRUS HEALTH NETWORK, INC.||HIALEAH||FL||$191,667|
|COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTERS OF PINELLAS, INC.||SAINT PETERSBURG||FL||$441,667|
|COMMUNITY HEALTH SOLUTIONS OF SOUTH FLORIDA, INC.||MIAMI||FL||$162,500|
|EMPOWER U, INC.||MIAMI||FL||$707,033|
|ESCAMBIA COMMUNITY CLINICS, INC.||PENSACOLA||FL||$554,167|
|FOUNDCARE, INC.||WEST PALM BEACH||FL||$812,500|
|HEALTH CARE CENTER FOR THE HOMELESS, INC.||ORLANDO||FL||$650,000|
|HEART OF FLORIDA HEALTH CENTER, INC.||OCALA||FL||$316,667|
|MIAMI BEACH COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTER||MIAMI BEACH||FL||$733,333|
|PANCARE OF FLORIDA, INC. D.B.A. CHC-BAY COUNTY||PANAMA CITY||FL||$103,467|
|TAMPA FAMILY HEALTH CENTERS, INC.||TAMPA||FL||$239,583|
|TRENTON MEDICAL CENTER, INC. DBA PALMS MEDICAL GROUP||TRENTON||FL||$435,042|