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DELAHUNT: $10,081,340 For Community Health Centers on Cape Cod

October 8, 2010

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Rep. Bill Delahunt today announced the release of over $10 million to expand services and address construction needs at community health centers on Cape Cod. “Over the years, I have been proud to work on the expansion of community based health care in our region.” said Delahunt. “Given the current state of the economy, the demand for servicers at our community health centers has never been greater than it is now. These funds will not only help us keep up with the growing demand for assistance, but will help make sure that the facility and capital upgrades help provide the delivery of top-notch care.”

The grants will be distributed to a number of health centers Cape Cod, including: $6,000,000 to the Community Health Center of Cape Cod in Mashpee; $3,619,349 to Outer Cape Health Services in Wellfleet; and $461,991 to Duffy Health Center in Hyannis.

Nationally, awards of $727 million are being distributed to 143 community health centers across the country to address pressing construction and renovation needs and expand access to quality health care. Community Health Centers in Massachusetts will receive over $43 million in funding.

These funds will create provide a boost to the economy by creating more construction jobs in the building trades and more health center professionals on Cape Cod. With expanded facilities, the funds will also enable community health centers to provide affordable care to thousands of additional patients on the Cape.

This announcement is the first in a series of awards that will be made available to community health centers under the Affordable Care Act.

Federally Qualified Health Centers serve nearly 19 million patients nationwide and provide affordable primary care, dental care, mental health services and low-cost prescription drugs. Open to everyone, the centers provide basic services like prenatal care, childhood immunizations and cancer screenings for patients covered by Medicaid, Medicare and private insurance, as well as those who have no insurance.