From Illinois Business Journal news services
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services today announced $101 million in Affordable Care Act funding is being made available to fund 164 new community health centers, including one in Southwestern Illinois.
Southern Illinois Health Care Foundation, Inc. is one of four organizations in Illinois sharing in the funds for new health center sites. SIHC is getting $478,227 toward a facility in Sauget.
In all, the four sites in the state are getting a total $2,157,394, money that will serve a proposed 19,663 new patients. The others are:
– Asian Human Services Family Health Center, Inc. Chicago, $487,500
– Greater Elgin Family Care Center, Elgin, $541,667
– Southern Illinois University, Springfield, $650,000
The investment announced today will add to the more than 550 new health center sites that have opened in the last four years as a result of the Affordable Care Act. Today, nearly 1,300 health centers operate more than 9,000 service delivery sites that provide care to nearly 22 million patients – nearly 5 million more patients than at the beginning of 2009.
Department officials said health centers have also been critical in helping people sign up for health insurance through the Marketplace program. Since 2013, health centers assisted more than 9 million individuals in their efforts to become insured.