The feds awarded grants totaling more than $3 million to five community health centers in Oregon Wednesday.
The centers are for underserved and vulnerable populations. And they’re one of the main ways the federal government plans to deliver health care to the additional 30 million Americans who would be eligible for coverage under the Affordable Care Act.
Elaine Knobbs of Mosaic Medical, a non-profit in Central Oregon, says they got $650,000 for a new clinic in Redmond.
“We were going to open up a clinic no matter what, but it was going to be on a much smaller scale, just because there has been such a need in the Redmond community. 15 percent of our patients who go to our three clinics, which are Bend, Prineville and Madras, actually live in the Redmond area.”
People with Medicaid, with CHIP, or without insurance at all can walk into a community health center for care.
The government says that’s cheaper than having people wait until they’re really sick and seek treatment in an ER.
The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to rule any day on the constitutionality of the Affordable Health Care Act.