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Davenport facility gets $250,000 Affordable Care Act funding

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On Thursday, the Health and Human Services Department awarded $250,000 in Affordable Care Act (ACA) funding to a health facility in Iowa.

Community Health Care in Davenport was awarded the $250,000.

The purpose of this funding is to establish and expand behavioral health services for 520 Iowans and 450,000 people nationwide.

Nationally, the HHS awarded $54.6 million to 221 facilities in 47 states. The centers will use the money to hire new staff, add mental health and substance abuse services and update care models.

“These awards will further reduce the barriers that too often prevent Iowans from getting the help they need for mental health problems,” said Secretary Burwell. “Health centers in Iowa with these awards are on the front lines of better integrating mental health into primary care and improving access to care through the Affordable Care Act.”

According to the HHS, the ACA expanded mental health and substance use disorder benefits for more than 60 million Americans, among them, 665,355 Iowans.

“These Affordable Care Act funds will enable community health centers to better meet the needs of people with mental health conditions in communities across Iowa,” said Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Administrator Mary K. Wakefield.

In Iowa, 14 health centers run more than 92 sites that provide care to about 181,781 Iowans. Last year, these sites saw about 6,000 patients.

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