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Friday, June 17, 2016

Feds Send $2.9M To 7 Arizona Health Centers To Improve Oral Health; Part Of $11B ACA/Obamacare Effort

The federal Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) yesterday announced $2.9M in oral health grants to 7 Arizona health centers. The monies are part of a 5-year, $11B effort under the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) to support health centers for medically-underserved communities.

HHS distributed $156M in oral health funds yesterday to health centers in 47 states (plus DC and Puerto Rico). These nonprofit community health centers provide a variety of services to uninsured and underinsured persons. Several of the grantees have multiple service locations in the Phoenix and Tucson areas, and the others are based in Page and Yuma. Yavapai County was the 7th recipient. The complete list is below, and more information on the grants can be found here.

No word yet from the centers on how many dental providers will be hired, although HHS thinks about 1,600 will be hired nationally. Nor is there information on whether the grants are one-time awards or continuing.

For more information on Arizona's Community Health Centers, click here.

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