Community health clinics touted for under-served areas

Written by Craig Layne and Radio Pennsylvania | May 26, 2013 7:01 AM
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(Harrisburg) -- A new state law will help Pennsylvania expand access to health care by investing in clinics in high-demand areas.

The Community-Based Health Care Program will provide grants to help develop and expand health centers in under-served areas of the commonwealth.

The facilities are designed to deliver primary and preventative care regardless of a patient's insurance status or ability to pay.

State Senator Ted Erickson (R-26) says community health clinics are becoming increasingly important in the state's health care system -- especially with the federal Affordable Care Act being fully implemented.

"There is going to be great demand for medical care, and our system doesn't have the capacity to provide that care at this time," Erickson says. "So, it's important that we develop some new clinics and also expand some of the existing clincs."

Governor Corbett has carved out $4 million dollars in next year's budget in anticipation of the bill, which Erickson says has been five years in the making.

He also wants to pursue federal dollars to enhance the program.

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