WASHINGTON, D.C. (WCCO) – Senator Al Franken announced Friday that 16 Minnesota community health centers will be eligible to apply for more than $1.6 million in funds to help uninsured patients.

According to Sen. Franken’s office, the funds are a portion of the $150 million made available to help community health centers via the 2010 health reform law.

Franken says community health centers regularly help uninsured citizens, and the funding will help them to continue their important work.

“Community health centers in Minnesota already provide health care to more than 181,000 Minnesotans and are uniquely positioned to support efforts to get uninsured people in our state enrolled in health coverage,” Franken said. “These funds will help them carry out this important effort.”

The centers may use funds for new hires, training, community outreach and educational activities. They will also help consumers consider their eligibility and options for health care coverage, as well as provide enrollment.

The centers eligible to apply for the available funds are the following:

• Cedar Riverside People’s Center, Minneapolis
• Cook Area Health Services, Inc., Cook
• Hennepin Co. Community Health Department, Minneapolis
• Hennepin County Department Of Primary Care, Minneapolis
• Indian Health Board Of Minneapolis, Inc., Minneapolis
• Lake Superior Community Health Center, Duluth
• Migrant Health Services, Inc., Moorhead
• Native American Community Clinic, Minneapolis
• Neighborhood Health Source, Minneapolis
• Open Cities Health Center, Saint Paul
• Open Door Health Center, Mankato
• Sawtooth Mountain Clinic, Inc., Grand Marais
• Southside Community Health Services, Minneapolis
• United Family Practice Health Center, Inc., Saint Paul
• University Of Minnesota, Minneapolis
• West Side Community Health Services, Saint Paul


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