HHS providing $3M for Maine health centers under Affordable Care Act

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AUGUSTA, Maine — The federal government said Friday $3 million in Affordable Care Act funding will be used to help 14 health centers expand service in Maine.

The funding will help the health centers hire an estimated 48 new staff, stay open for longer hours and expand their services to include new procedures, officials said. The government calculated that with the funding the centers will be able to reach an estimated 10,367 additional patients.

Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell said health centers are a key part of how the Affordable Care Act aims to improve access to care for millions of Americans.

"Health centers provide comprehensive primary and preventive services in their communities," said Health Resources and Services Administration Mary K. Wakefield. "Today's awards will be used to expand access to care to Maine residents that need it most."

The Maine funding is part of $295 million that's being awarded nationally. The Maine awards cover much of the state, from Pines Health Services in Caribou to York County Community Action Corp. in Sanford.

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