The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services this week awarded 20 oral health care providers across Florida over $7.6 million in grants to increase access to oral health care services and improve oral health outcomes. As a result, approximately 1,600 new dentists, dental hygienists, assistants, aides, and technicians will treat nearly 785,000 new patients nationwide. Click here to read the announcement.
Florida CHAIN commends the Obama Administration for helping providers hire more health care professionals and serve more Floridians who are currently without access to oral health care.
“Oral health is integral to overall health,” said CHAIN CEO Mark Pafford. “Florida’s decision not to expand Medicaid has left more than 567,000 Floridians in the coverage gap because they earn too much to qualify for Medicaid and too little to qualify for subsidies through the ACA’s insurance marketplace. It is incumbent on our state’s leaders to answer the calls of these citizens so every Floridian can access dental and medical health services,” said Pafford.
Florida providers receiving grants are listed below.
|Health Center Grantee||City||Award Amount|
|BOND COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTER, INC.||TALLAHASSEE||$350,000|
|BORINQUEN HEALTH CARE CENTER INC||MIAMI||$350,000|
|CENTRAL FLORIDA HEALTH CARE, INC.||AVON PARK||$350,000|
|COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTERS OF PINELLAS, INC.||ST PETERSBURG||$350,000|
|COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTERS, INC.||WINTER GARDEN||$350,000|
|COMMUNITY HEALTH SOUTH FLORIDA, INC.||MIAMI||$350,000|
|ESCAMBIA COMMUNITY CLINICS, INC.||PENSACOLA||$524,999|
|FLORIDA COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTER INC||WEST PALM BEACH||$350,000|
|HEALTH CARE DISTRICT OF PALM BEACH COUNTY||PALM SPRINGS||$524,999|
|HEART OF FLORIDA HEALTH CENTER, INC.||OCALA||$350,000|
|JESSIE TRICE COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTER, INC.||MIAMI||$350,000|
|MIAMI BEACH COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTER INC.||MIAMI||$525,000|
|NORTH BROWARD HOSPITAL DISTRICT||FORT LAUDERDALE||$350,000|
|NORTH FLORIDA MEDICAL CENTERS, INC.||TALLAHASSEE||$350,000|
|PANCARE OF FLORIDA INC||PANAMA CITY||$350,000|
|RURAL HEALTH CARE, INCORPORATED||PALATKA||$350,000|
|SUNCOAST COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTERS, INC.||RUSKIN||$301,116|
|TAMPA FAMILY HEALTH CENTERS, INC.||TAMPA||$300,000|
|TREASURE COAST COMMUNITY HEALTH, INC.||VERO BEACH||$524,999|
|TRENTON MEDICAL CENTER INC||HIGH SPRINGS||$350,000|