Tom Harkin - U.S. Seante

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – As part of his continuing support for Iowa’s Community Health Centers, Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) today announced that Community Health Centers of Southeastern Iowa, Inc. in West Burlington is receiving $667,933 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to support its health services. Harkin is a senior member of the Senate Appropriations panel that funds health programs.

“Community health centers improve access to health care for Iowans who lack adequate health insurance,” said Harkin. “These funds will help to ensure that all Iowans get the quality, affordable healthcare they need.”

Community Health Centers of Southeastern Iowa, Inc. in West Burlington will use these funds to provide primary health care services to the uninsured and underserved residents in Des Moines, Henry, Lee and Louisa counties. In 2005, the center saw 13,779 patients, adding up to a total of 47,700 medical and dental visits. In 2003, Harkin secured $1 million for the construction of a new clinic for the Burlington Community Health Center, which will break ground this spring on the campus of Southeastern Community College.  This new facility will be the center of a partnership with the community college to train health professionals and include satellite sites serving Wapello and Keokuk.

Harkin has been an ardent supporter of Iowa’s 12 federally-funded community health centers and has obtained funds for the facilities’ construction, equipment purchases, and dental expansions through his work on the Labor, HHS and Education Appropriations subcommittee. In FY 2005, Harkin also secured funds for a statewide Health IT system that will bring cutting edge electronic health records and e-prescribing technology to Iowa’s community health centers.

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