May 01, 2012 at 08:15 AM EDT
New Report: Health Care Law Makes Community Health Centers Stronger
The President's health care law gives hard working, middle-class families the security they deserve. The Affordable Care Act forces insurance companies to play by a new set of common sense rules, prohibiting them from dropping your coverage if you get sick, billing you into bankruptcy through annual or lifetime limits, and, soon, discriminating against anyone with a pre-existing condition.   The new law is also delivering critical support to Community Health Centers nationwide. This morning, the Obama Administration announced new grants  made possible by the Affordable Care Act to support 398 renovation and construction projects at Community Health Centers nationwide. These projects will help Community Health Centers serve nearly 900,000 more patients. And these grants are just one of the ways the new health care law and our Administration are making Community Health Centers stronger. According to a new report we released today : The health care law has already supported 190 construction and renovation projects at health centers and the creation of 67 new health center sites across the country,  Since the beginning of 2009, employment at health centers nationwide has increased by 15 percent.  Thanks primarily to the Affordable Care Act and the Recovery Act , community health centers are serving nearly 3 million additional patients today. read more
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