Mon., August 9, 2010 3:05pm (EDT)

Funding Boost For Health Centers
By Associated Press
Updated: 4 years ago

ATLANTA  —  
U.S. Surgeon Genearl Dr. Regina Benjamin says the nation's community health centers will receive an additional $11 billion this year in federal funding. (photo courtesy of Lawrence Jackson, White House photographer)
U.S. Surgeon Genearl Dr. Regina Benjamin says the nation's community health centers will receive an additional $11 billion this year in federal funding. (photo courtesy of Lawrence Jackson, White House photographer)
Health officials say Georgia's community health centers received $37 million from a federal funding boost.

U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Regina Benjamin on Monday detailed the funding from last year's American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

Community health centers, first created in the 1960s, are a mainstay of the health-care safety net for the poor and uninsured.

Georgia has 26 such organizations, which now deliver care at 145 clinics.

Benjamin, speaking in Atlanta, said an additional $11 billion is pledged to U.S. community health centers from this year's health reform legislation. No decisions have been announced as to how much Georgia will get.