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WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Judd Gregg (R-NH) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) today announced that President Obama has signed into law significant federal funds for New Hampshire's community health centers. The bill includes $650,000 for Bi-State Primary Care Association in Concord, the state's largest network of community health centers (CHCs), to help defray increasing recruitment, marketing and outreach costs to promote employment opportunities for primary care providers at Granite State CHCs and safety net provider clinics. This initiative is intended to attract more doctors and nurses to work at New Hampshire's CHCs thus increasing the CHC's ability to provide health care to people who may not otherwise be able to afford it.  The measure also includes $600,000 for Bi-State to provide necessary medical, behavioral health and dental services to families in the Granite State seeking affordable care.  These funds were included in the Fiscal Year 2010 Consolidated Appropriations bill, which President Obama signed into law on December 16th.

Senator Gregg stated, "Especially in these tough economic times, community health centers are a critical resource for many New Hampshire individuals and families who might not otherwise have access to health care.  These funds will help community health centers across the state recruit doctors, nurses, and medical professionals, and continue to offer lower-cost, high-quality preventative and routine health care.  I applaud Bi-State for their ongoing efforts to provide these much needed services in the Granite State."

Senator Shaheen stated, "New Hampshire's community health centers have played an important role in providing quality, affordable care for uninsured and underinsured families across the state. This funding will help families get the care they need, and will create jobs throughout the state for doctors, nurses, and other health professionals."

"New Hampshire Community Health Centers serve over 107,000 patients in communities statewide, regardless of a patient's ability to pay. Senators Gregg and Shaheen have a clear understanding of the value they bring to their communities by delivering high-quality, cost-effective medical, dental and behavioral health care; making them a sound investment for scarce public resources.  We are grateful to Senators Gregg and Shaheen for championing this additional funding to assist the Community Health Centers in serving the uninsured and underserved populations," said Tess Kuenning Executive Director of Bi-State Primary Care Association.  Bi-State is an association with a vision to promote health care access to all.

The following New Hampshire Community Health Centers and safety net provider organizations will benefit from these awards: Ammonoosuc Community Health Services; Avis Goodwin Community Health Center; Bi-State Primary Care Association; Child Health Services; Community Action Program; Concord Hospital Family Health Centers; Coos County Family Health Services; Families First Health and Support Center; Health Care for the Homeless Program; Health First Family Care Center; Indian Stream Health Center; Lamprey Health Care; Manchester Community Health Center; Mid-State Health Center; New Hampshire Area Health Education Center Program Office; Newport Health Center/New London Hospital Association; Weeks Medical Center; and White Mountain Community Health Center.