Editorial: Administration Help for Community Health Centers

August 19, 2015

The New York Times (8/19) commented that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is going to distribute $169 million “to open 266 new health centers in 46 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.” This funding is provided by the Affordable Care Act, which previously funded 700 new health centers. Financing was possible through “a trust fund that could not be touched for five years and by annual discretionary appropriations that can be cut at any time.” Funding was set to expire at the end of September, but Congress extended the funding for another two years.