The health care law Increases support for community health centers – The Affordable Care Act increases the funding available to community health centers nationwide. In New York, 61 health centers operate 582 sites, providing preventive and primary health care services to 1,489,141 people. Health Center grantees in New York have received $195,635,138 under the new Affordable Care Act to support ongoing health center operations and to establish new health center sites, expand services, and/or support major capital improvement projects.
Strengthening partnerships with New York – The law gives states support for their work to build the health care workforce, crack down on fraud, and support public health. Examples of Affordable Care Act grants to New York not outlined above include:
- $12,200,000 for health professions workforce demonstration projects, which will help low income individuals receive training and enter health care professions that face shortages.
- $600,000 to support teaching health centers, creating new residency slots in community health centers.
- $4,600,000 for the expansion of the Physician Assistant Training Program, a five-year initiative to increase the number of physician assistants in the primary care workforce.
- $12,200,000 for school-based health centers to help clinics expand and provide more health care services such as screenings to students.
- $1,700,000 to support outreach to eligible Medicare beneficiaries about their benefits.
- $191,000 for Family-to-Family Health Information Centers, organizations run by and for families with children with special health care needs.
- $887,000 to support the Personal Responsibility Education Program, to educate youth on both abstinence and contraception for the prevention of pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections, including HIV/AIDS.
- $2,000,000 for disease demonstration projects, to test approaches that may encourage behavior modifications among Medicaid beneficiaries and determine solutions.
- $9,700,000 for Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Programs. These programs bring health professionals to meet with at-risk families in their homes and connect families to the kinds of help that can make a real difference in a child’s health, development, and ability to learn-such as health care, early education, parenting skills, child abuse prevention, and nutrition.