Acting to strengthen the health care safety net for the growing number of Americans in need, President Barack Obama and Senators Carl Levin and Debbie Stabenow, and Rep. John Dingell today announced the release of $2.6 million authorized by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act that will support two health centers in Michigan. These health centers will help people in need — many with no health insurance — obtain access to the comprehensive primary and preventive health care services and create 105 jobs in Michigan.
“We have acted quickly to put Recovery Act dollars to good use in communities across America,” said President Obama. “The construction and expansion of health centers will help create thousands of new jobs and provide critical assistance to Americans who have lost their job and their health care. Health centers, primary care, and prevention are at the heart of my plan for an affordable, accessible health care system.”
Health centers in the following communities will receive support:
Western Wayne Family Health Center – Inkster, MI
Ingham County Health Department – Lansing, MI
Nationwide, grants totaling $155 million will assist 126 health centers and help provide health care to an estimated 750,000 low-income people across the country. The grants, which are administered by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), are expected to create 5,500 jobs at the new health centers across the country.
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The new recovery.gov HHS website will announce and track all “Recovery Act” projects paid for through the Health and Human services department.