July 10, 2013
Caption: Mayor Greg Stanton
U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius announced Wednesday in Phoenix a $2.3 million grant to Arizona community health centers, supporting Mayor Greg Stanton’s work to make Phoenix a leader in sustainable health care.
Sebelius and Stanton announced the Obama Administration grant at Phoenix’s Mountain Park Health Center, which will receive more than $200,000 of the funding. Health centers in Phoenix alone will receive more than $600,000.
“I want to thank Mayor Stanton and all the Phoenix area community health centers for their work to ensure Phoenix residents have access to the health care they need,” Sebelius said. “This investment will give the people of Phoenix one more resource to help understand their insurance options and enroll in affordable coverage.”
In Arizona, health centers served 423,160 patients last year, 27 percent of whom were uninsured. With these funds, the awardees expect to hire 45 additional workers, who will assist 61,638 Arizonans with enrollment into affordable health insurance coverage. Phoenix health centers are providing critical pediatric, internal medicine and dental services to the community. The grants will provide even greater access to quality health care across Phoenix.
Stanton thanked Sebelius for her hard work on health care and the grant for Arizona’s health centers.
“Community health centers are a critical safety net for the uninsured or those without access to quality health care,” Stanton said. “With the Phoenix Access to Care Ordinance and the Affordable Care Act, these health centers will provide care to those who need it and be essential partners in outreach and enrollment. By cutting the number of uninsured residents, we can stabilize our system and improve the health of our community. It’s good for people, good for business and good for Phoenix.”
In 2012, Stanton, the City Council and hospital partners advocated for the Phoenix Access to Care Ordinance, a plan to stabilize the economic vitality of the health-care industry by creating a new funding source to help cover the costs of the uninsured. As part of the ordinance, AHCCCS also will be able to enroll up to an additional 33,000 children throughout Arizona. The plan was approved by the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services earlier this year. More information here.
The awards announced Wednesday, issued by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), complement and align with other federal efforts, such as the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services-funded Navigator program. For a list of health centers receiving this funding in all 50 states, click here.
Sarah Muench 602-262-7111