Two New Orleans community health centers and one in Clinton are among a half-dozen new Louisiana centers awarded $3.5 million in federal money to provide primary health care services in needy communities.
The centers will use the funding from the Affordable Care Act, known as “Obamacare,” to increase access to health care services for close to 20,000 patients.
In New Orleans, Marillac Community Health Centers received $704,167 and Odyssey House Louisiana Inc. $691,667. Clinton-based Primary Care Providers for a Healthy Feliciana received $441,667. Southwest Louisiana Primary Health Care Center Inc. in Opelousas received $545,000. Access Health Louisiana in Luling received $551,807, and Winn Community Health Center Inc. in Winnfield got $566,667.
“The Affordable Care Act has led to unprecedented increases in access to health insurance. Part of building on that progress is connecting people to the care they need,” Health Secretary Sylvia Burwell said.
In Louisiana, nearly 30 health centers operate more than 162 sites that provide care to nearly 277,000 patients. Since 2013, the centers have helped close to 86,000 Louisiana residents in their efforts to obtain coverage through the federal online marketplace.
Nationally, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services awarded about $101 million to 164 new health center sites in 33 states and two U.S. territories.