Two Oklahoma Health Centers Receive $1,708,333 to Provide Health Services

Two Oklahoma Health Centers Receive $1,708,333 to Provide Health Services

Two Oklahoma Health Centers Receive $1,708,333 to Provide Health Services

November 7, 2013 – Today, Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary announced approximately $150 million to the nation’s health centers to support new sites and expand access to health care at health centers. One Oklahoma City organization, Variety Care received $975,000 to establish a site in the Norman area. The site will increase access to preventive and primary health care for Oklahomans. Additionally, a new organization, Community Health Center of Northeast Oklahoma, Inc., received $733,333 to establish a site in Afton. The two awards total $1,708,333 and will serve a proposed additional 13,665 Oklahomans.

“This funding will help two more communities get access to the care they need at an affordable price,” said Judy Grant, Deputy Director of Oklahoma Primary Care Association (OKPCA), the association representing health centers across the state. “We are thrilled for the nineteenth health center organization in this state.”

CHCs, like Variety Care and Community Health Center of Northeast Oklahoma, Inc., work to improve the health of communities by ensuring access to quality primary health care services. Variety Care currently serves the Oklahoma City metro area, along with Ft. Cobb, Tipton, Grandfield and Thomas, while Community Health Center of Northeast Oklahoma, Inc., is a new organization with their first site in Afton.

Services at CHCs are offered on a sliding-fee scale to qualifying patients, and see people with or without medical coverage. Services include primary medical care, dental and behavioral health services. Oklahoma now has 19 community health center organizations and more than 50 sites across the state.

“Since health centers are community-based, this will make a huge impact on families and individuals in the area,” continued Grant. “With new, affordable health insurance options available, CHCs are key partners in helping uninsured Oklahomans find health coverage.”

OKPCA is the state association for community health centers (CHCs) and other safety-net providers. With more than 50 sites across Oklahoma, CHCs are increasingly becoming the trusted provider of choice for many families, insured or uninsured. Health centers see everyone - and offer a sliding fee scale to patients at or below 200% federal poverty level. For more information on community health centers in Oklahoma, visit www.okpca.org.

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