Expanded care, better facilities and new jobs. Those are the results of more than $2 million in Federal stimulus money that has come to Wyoming Community Health Centers. The on-the-ground health care improvements are being noted for this week’s National Health Center Week. Laci Garst with the Wyoming Primary Care Association says the money has been put to good use, as more than 3,000 patients have been treated since the funding started coming through.
Dave Taylor with the National Association of Community Health Centers says $2 billion is being sent to centers nationwide, and for many, the money has been timely.
Wyoming has six community health centers, and Garst says there are plans for more because they will play a role in health care reform. The centers accept patients regardless of insurance status or ability to pay, and provide comprehensive care including physical, dental and mental health services.