New Health Care Funding Could Impact Local Community Health Center

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Harrisonburg's Community Health Center could be directly impacted by the two new funding portions of the Health Care Law.

Beginning October 1,2010, there will be increase funding for community health centers.

This funding will help centers deal with seeing nearly double the number of patients over the next five years.

Executive Director of Harrisonburg's Community Health Center, Christopher Nye, says the center applied for this money more than a year ago through a stimulus grant.

Nye says he is cautiously optimistic the center will receive part of the $1.5 billion appropriated through the Health Care Law.

Harrisonburg's Community Health Center applied for more than two million dollars through this portion of the new Health Care Law.

He says the center has already seen an increasing number of uninsured adults, which makes up 22 percent of the practice.

By the end of 2010, Nye expect the center will have more than 4,000 patients, who have visited more than 12,000 times.

Nye believe the Community Health Center will hear back about the funding sometime this month.

He says the center is hoping to construct a new facility, on Port Republic Road, that will be a single stop for patients seeking access to medical, dental and pharmaceutical care.