Two Philadelphia health centers to receive $1.5 million in federal grants

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The Obama administration will announce today that it is awarding $1.5 million in grants to two new Philadelphia health center sites through the federal Affordable Care Act.

The funding is part of approximately $150 million in grant awards to 236 health center programs nationwide, according to the Department of Health and Human Services. The agency said the awards will pay for care for approximately 8,343 additional Pennsylvanians and more than 1.25 million additional patients nationwide.

The centers primarily serve people who are low-income and in some cases uninsured, Mary K. Wakefield, administrator of the Health Resources and Services Administration at HHS, said Wednesday. In addition to primary care, the centers provide services such as immunizations for children, screenings for cancer and management of conditions like diabetes.

The administration said it would notify recipients Wednesday night.

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