HHS announces $335 million for community health centers

The Health and Human Services Department (HHS) is accepting applications for $335 million in grants to help community health centers serve low-income patients, the agency announced Tuesday.

The grants — part of $11 billion in new funding for community health centers included in the health reform law — will be available to existing facilities able to demonstrate the money will expand capacity and care for the underserved (and underinsured) patients they tend to treat.

“These new investments will allow existing health centers to improve and expand vital primary health care services, and continue to meet the increased demand for services,” Mary Wakefield, head of the Health Resources and Services Administration, said in a statement. 

Earlier in the month, HHS announced the recipients of $727 million in grants for community health centers — funding also included in the new healthcare law.

Applications for the new grants are due Jan. 6.