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"Obama Care" to help Tri Cities Community Health

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PASCO, Wash.- Tri-Cities Community Health will receive $650,000 to increase access to people needing health care.

U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius Wednesday announced $128.6 million in awards through The Affordable Care Act.

Sebelius says the grants will go to 219 health centers nationwide, increasing access to more than one million additional patients. 

The Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic in Toppenish will receive $433,000.

Sebelius says the health care law is making "community health centers stronger and ensuring more Americans get the care they need."

The announcement comes as the Supreme Court prepares to rule on the Affordable Care Act. If the court rules the act unconstitutional, it's possible HHS would have to discontinue programs that give money to public health care centers.         

HHS says the grants will add about 5,640 doctor, nurse, dental provider and support staff jobs. Health centers employed about 138,000 people last year.         

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