Danbury-based Connecticut Institute for Communities has received a federal grant worth nearly $256,000 for this fiscal year. 5th District Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty says the facility in Danbury and others will be able to continue successfully delivering high-quality care to those most in need because of this funding.
The Expanded Services Award from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is part of a larger pool of money from the Affordable Care Act to expand and improve primary care services. Overall, Connecticut is receiving $6.2 million in funding.
Esty says Community Health Centers have been on the cutting edge of providing cost-effective preventive care for people. She says preventive care saves dollars, and saves lives. She adds that this grant will allow the center to increase access to comprehensive services such as medical, oral, behavioral, pharmacy, and vision care to new patients.
4th District Congressman Jim Himes says by increasing access to regular and preventative care, some of the worst health outcomes down the road can be prevented.