For Immediate Release
June 23, 2008

KDHE Office of Communications, 785-296-0461

Primary Care Clinic Grants Awarded to Communities

KDHE Secretary Roderick L. Bremby announced $6.2 million in primary care clinic and health center grants to help thousands of Kansans, many with no health insurance, obtain access to comprehensive primary and preventive health care services.

“This grant program demonstrates the value of partnership among state and local leaders, health care volunteers, foundations and the federal government for building toward a statewide system to assure access to primary and preventive health services for every Kansan,” stated Bremby.

In 2007, the community-based primary care clinic grants supported medical, dental and mental health care services for more than 181,800 Kansans receiving a total of 475,800 patient visits. Of these, 58.6 percent were uninsured and 20.8 percent were covered by Medicaid.

“We are delighted at the Legislature’s confidence in the safety net clinics and their key role in providing health care services for underserved Kansans,” said Cathy Harding, Executive Director of the Kansas Association for the Medically Underserved. “A growing number of people who are uninsured or underinsured are presenting for care at these clinics, and these new dollars will provide the resources necessary so that no one is denied services because of inability to pay or lack of insurance.”

During this year’s session, the Legislature affirmed its continuing support for the operating costs of safety-net clinics and health centers by adding $1,645,000 to establish or expand access to primary health care, including dental and mental health services, for vulnerable and underserved individuals and families. In addition, $855,000 was made available for capital expenditure grants, health professional recruitment assistance and other types of technical support for safety net clinics.

Note: Click here to view a list of grant recipients.