The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced the Affordable Care Act funding Thursday. It’s aimed at serving about 11,800 more residents through the establishment of centers in Grand Island and Omaha.
Officials say the funds will establish new health centers described as community-based organizations. They will be in business in the next several months.
HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said in a statement that the centers are important to the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, and they increase access to individuals who need health care treatment.
The funding is part of about $150 million in grant awards aimed at more than 230 health center programs.