Tuesday, June 5, 2012

How Much has the Federal Government Invested in Community Health Center Construction?

by Joe McKelvey, Project Consultant
According to a report released on May 1st by the White House[1] , the Affordable Care Act has already supported the construction and renovation of 190 health center sites and the creation of 67 new health center sites across the country, and will support the construction and renovation of more than 485 health center sites and the creation of 245 new health center sites over the next two years.

Since the beginning of 2009, primarily due to the Affordable Care Act and the Recovery Act, Community Health Centers are serving nearly 3 million additional patients today and will serve an additional 1.3 million additional new patients in the next two years. Employment at Community Health Centers nationwide has increased by 15 percent. A summary of direct federal investment in health center capital projects since 2009 is included in the table below.

Unfortunately, the last round of major capital funding from the Affordable Care Act has passed.  To keep moving forward with growth, health centers will need to rely on more deliberate planning and extensive development of alternative fundraising strategies—including capital campaigns.   Visit Capital Link’s website at www.caplink.org for more information.

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