WASHINGTON — Several Oklahoma community health centers are among nearly 400 facilities that will share $700 million in capital improvement grants as a result of President Barack Obama's health care law.
Community health centers serve mainly low-
The grants for construction and renovation projects were announced Tuesday and are part of an $11 billion funding boost for the centers under the health care law.
Health centers in Oklahoma, including the Pushmataha Family Medical Center Inc. in Clayton, will share $9.4 million.
“Community health centers are vital to towns like Clayton, where access to health care services is limited,” said U.S. Rep. Dan Boren, D-Muskogee, whose district includes the Clayton facility.
“This funding will allow the Pushmataha Family Medical Center to expand its services to meet the growing needs of the community and ensure that they can continue to provide quality care to those who most need it.”
The Clayton center will receive $4.4 million, which will be used to help fund a long-term project to expand the facility.
Other Oklahoma health centers that will receive funding include:
• Community Health Centers Inc. of Midwest City, which will get $3.4 million to expand its capacity and $500,000 for immediate improvements to facilities;
• Oklahoma Commun
• The Central Oklahoma Family Medical Center in Konawa will receive $270,000;
• Morton Comprehensive Health Services in Tulsa will receive $491,605 for immediate improvements.
The grants were awarded through a competition that involved independent reviewers scoring each application, said Mary Wake
If the federal health care law is overturned by the Supreme Court, it's unclear whether the government would be able to recover the money.