This week’s LEO Weekly highlights the efforts of the Family Community Clinic in Butchertown to bring completely free primary health care services to the uninsured, also noting the backlog in Louisville’s Family Health Centers — where affordable care is given, but often after a three-month wait to be seen.
This morning, U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth announced that Obama and his oppressive health care law are coming to the rescue.
From the release:
LOUISVILLE – Today, Congressman John Yarmuth (KY-3) announced two grants totaling $5.38 million for a major expansion of Family Health Centers, the Louisville-based nonprofit that provides primary and preventive health care services to patients regardless of their ability to pay.
The grants are part of more than $728 million in new federal funding for community health centers announced Tuesday. The funds were provided through the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which authorizes $9.5 billion to expand services over five years and $1.5 billion to support major construction and renovation projects at community health centers.
“This is a down payment on affordable health care for thousands of Louisvillians,” Congressman Yarmuth said. “I am thrilled that Family Health Centers is expanding its essential work in our community. And I am proud to have supported a law that is expanding access to primary and preventive care, reducing costs, and providing more people the care they need when they need it.”
Family Health Centers will use a $5 million grant to relocate its East Broadway facility to the former Antique Mall building at 834 East Broadway, where it will occupy three floors and 30,000 square feet – roughly three times the size of its current facility.
The new facility will serve an additional 10,000 patients a year, expanding primary medical care and behavioral health services, and adding for the first time a dental clinic, X-ray department, and pharmacy. The current facility serves approximately 6,000 patients a year.
“We are very excited to have this opportunity to expand our capacity for much-needed primary care and preventive health services in Louisville,” Family Health Centers Executive Director Bill Wagner said. “We will have the capacity to serve an additional 10,000 people a year at the new facility and thousands more throughout our community. We couldn’t do that without this important federal investment.”
A second $380,000 grant will be used to renovate the existing facility at the Phoenix Hill Center for the Homeless on East Muhammad Ali Boulevard. The facility requires upgrades to manage a growing patient population.
This tyrannical conquest in Louisville is just more of the same for Obamacare, as the Affordable Care Act has funded 190 construction projects at community health centers and the creation of 67 new ones, with 485 and 245 respectively to come in the next two years. Three million more of those dastardly poor folks have received care in that time, with that number set to increase by 1.3 million in 2014.
It’s like we’re living under Stalin.