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Massachusetts health center gets over $1 million

September 16, 2015

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (AP) — A health center in southeastern Massachusetts has received more than $1 million from the federal government to help provide primary care services to those who need them most.

The Standard-Times reports (http://bit.ly/1LfQemf ) the Greater New Bedford Community Health Center received the award as part of nearly $500 million in Affordable Care Act funding announced Tuesday by Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell.

Burwell says the awards will give 1.4 million more Americans nationwide access to comprehensive, quality health care.

Health center President and CEO Peter Georgeopoulos says he expects the money will be used to update more than 30 patient rooms in its downtown facility and expand services like behavioral health.

Georgeopoulos says he expects a board decision soon and to start the expansion in a few months.

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Information from: The (New Bedford, Mass.) Standard-Times, http://www.southcoasttoday.com

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