Grand Island to be Home to New Health Center


Two new health centers will be established within the next several months -- one in Grand Island and one in Omaha -- thanks to federal grant money from the Affordable Care Act.

The Heartland Health Center, Inc. board announced Friday they are ready to move forward with the new community health center in Grand Island.

An $812,500 federal grant will help the non-profit corporation establish the new center targeted toward treating the thousands of Nebraskans living below 200 percent of the federal poverty level in Hall County.

Heartland Health Center will establish primaryhealth care services to children, low income families and other individuals whoare uninsured, underinsured, and those with Medicaid and Medicarecoverage.

U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said in a statement Thursday the Nebraska health centers will serve as key partners in the implementation of the Affordable Care Act as well as increase access to health care for those who need it most.

The funding is part of about $150 million in Health Center New Access Point grants aimed at more than 230 health center programs.