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10 Texas Health Centers To Get $6 Million In Affordable Care Act Funds


The day after President Obama visited Dallas to talk health care, U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced nearly $6 million in Affordable Care Act funds will go to Texas health centers to expand access to care.

In this round of federal grants, there are 10 Texas health centers on the list, most in the Houston area. In September, a Dallas health center, Martin Luther King, Jr. Family Clinic, received $275,000 in Affordable Care Act money.

Read more on KERA's Breakthroughs blog.

Texas health centers served more than 1 million patients last year, 51 percent of them uninsured, according to the Department of Health and Human Services.

Lauren Silverman was the Health, Science & Technology reporter/blogger at KERA News. She was also the primary backup host for KERA’s Think and the statewide newsmagazine  Texas Standard. In 2016, Lauren was recognized as Texas Health Journalist of the Year by the Texas Medical Association. She was part of the Peabody Award-winning team that covered Ebola for NPR in 2014. She also hosted "Surviving Ebola," a special that won Best Long Documentary honors from the Public Radio News Directors Inc. (PRNDI). And she's won a number of regional awards, including an honorable mention for Edward R. Murrow award (for her project “The Broken Hip”), as well as the Texas Veterans Commission’s Excellence in Media Awards in the radio category.