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KSDK – Almost $6.5 million in grants will be distributed to Missouri to support nine new health center sites, U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced Thursday.

Two hundred and thirty six health center programs nationwide will received a combined $150 million in grant awards.

The funds – which the news release said were made available by the polarizing Affordable Care Act – will help care for approximately 47,892 additional Missourians by establishing new health center service delivery sites.

"Missouri health centers are key partners in the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, and new health center sites will increase access to those who need it most," Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said in a news release.

The sites receiving grants include:

-Cross Trails Medical Center in Gape Girardeau ($733,333)

-East Central Missouri Behavioral Health Services, Inc. in Mexico ($780,483)

-Health Care Coalition of Lafayette County in Lexington ($775,850)

-Ozark Tri-County Health Care Consortium DBA Access Family Care in Neosho ($325,000)

-Pathways Community Behavioral Healthcare, Inc. in Clinton ($635,250)

-Richland Medical Center in Richland ($704,167)

-South Central Missouri Community Health Center in Rolla ($744,455)

-Southeast Missouri Health Network, Inc. in New Madrid ($858,333)

-Swope Health Services, Kansas City ($920,833)

Missouri health centers served 438,406 patients last year, 35 percent of them uninsured. Nationwide, 1,200 health centers operate more than 9,000 service delivery sites that provide care to over 21 million patients, according to a news release.

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