The federal government awarded a dozen Los Angeles-area community health clinics nearly $7 million in grants on Thursday. The funds will hopefully help expand the clinics' reach to the area’s more vulnerable populations.
The local health clinics picked up $6.8 million in federal funding that will allow them to offer primary and preventive services to more patients. The money comes from an $11 billion grant program within the controversial federal health plan that’s now under scrutiny by the U.S. Supreme Court.
That means more patients receiving more care, according to Herb K. Schultz, regional director for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
“In Los Angeles County, that [money] is going to mean 85,000 additional, new patients will be able to access these existing — and actually new — clinics that are coming on as a result of the Affordable Care Act funds," said Schultz.
Schwartz would not say if the funding would be threatened if the Supreme Court overturns the Health Care Act.
Community-based health clinics are patient-directed organizations designed to meet the specific needs of their surrounding communities. In L.A. County, they serve nearly a million residents.
A map with the 12 clinics is below:
View U.S. Dept of Health and Human Services grant winners in Los Angeles in a larger map