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Community Health Centers Highlight Need for Funding 

Catherine Pegram

Billions of federal dollars will be available to community health centers in the coming years. And facilities in Maine are positioning themselves to grab a share of that money.Today officials with the Maine Primary Care Association released a plan called Access for Maine. It highlights specific ways community health centers can continue to meet the needs of patients, with the help of healthcare reform money.Officials say one out of every six Mainers turns to health care centers, which stress preventative care to avoid emergencies.Rev. Bob Carlson, the Board President of Maine Primary Care Association, says, “In Maine, the federally qualified health centers have saved the MaineCare program $20 million in 2008, saved $20 million. And now with healthcare reform, there’s an $11 billion appropriation to increase access through community health care centers.”The Maine Primary Care Association will continue to highlight the need for access to health coverage during National Community Health Center Week. That starts August 8th.