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HHS Awards $1.3 Billion to Health Centers to Help Treat Virus

April 8, 2020, 4:28 PM

Community health centers, which provide primary care for 28 million people, will get $1.3 billion to prevent, diagnose, and treat Covid-19, the HHS announced Wednesday.

The funding will be divided among 1,387 centers and will help them maintain or increase capacity and staffing, the Department of Health and Human Services said.

The agency secured the funding from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), which President Donald Trump signed into law March 27.

Health centers provide access to care for the uninsured and other vulnerable populations. About 23% of patients at community health centers are uninsured and 49% are on Medicaid, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation.

Of the newly granted funds, California will get $192.4 million, New York and Texas each will get about $76 million, and Florida will receive $63 million, according to the HHS.

The HHS previously awarded $100 million to the health centers to help them expand Covid-19 testing and screening.

To contact the reporter on this story: Shira Stein in Washington at sstein@bloomberglaw.com

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Fawn Johnson at fjohnson@bloomberglaw.com; Alexis Kramer at akramer@bloomberglaw.com

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