The HHS Health Resources and Services Administration has awarded grants totaling $150 million to develop new community health centers in 236 communities spanning 43 states, the District of Columbia and two territories.

Applicants also were given the opportunity to request one-year funding up to $150,000 to purchase equipment, which could include electronic health records, site licenses and applicable hardware.

HRSA expects the new centers will support care for 1.25 million additional patients. The centers also will assist individuals and families in getting information on health insurance available under the Affordable Care Act and to enroll for coverage.

The nation’s current network of 1,200 federally supported community health centers at 9,000 sites treat more than 21 million patients annually, according to HRSA. Funds for the new sites are authorized under the reform law.

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