Missouri Highlands awarded $1 Million Dollar Grant to expand Dental Services

September 25, 2015

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Missouri Highlands Health Care

Samantha Hill, RN- Marketing Director

shill@mohigh.org

Missouri Highlands awarded $1 Million Dollar Grant to expand Dental Services

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 Ellington, Missouri, September 25, 2015- According to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell, HHS announced last week that nearly $500 million in Affordable Care Act funding to support health centers nationwide in providing primary care services to those who need them most. The awards include approximately $350 million for 1,184 health centers to increase access to services such as medical, oral, behavioral, pharmacy, and vision care. Nearly $150 million will be awarded to 160 health centers for facility renovation, expansion, or construction to increase patient or service capacity.

“These awards will give 1.4 million more Americans across every state accessed to comprehensive, quality health care,” said Secretary Burwell.” With these awards, health centers will be able to do things like increase their hours of operation, hire more behavioral health providers, add dental facilities, better treat patients with opioid use disorders, and help people get coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace and make the journey from coverage to primary care.”

Missouri Highlands Health Care was awarded both the Expanded Service Grant and was one of the 160 health center awardees of the Health Infrastructure Investment Program. The Health Infrastructure Investment Program (HIIP) supports existing Health Center Program grantees’ efforts to increase their patient capacity and to provide additional comprehensive primary and preventative health services to medically underserved populations through the alteration/renovation, expansion, or construction of a facility.

“As a front-line provider of primary care services to the region, the announcement this week by HHS of the dual awards will strengthen Missouri Highlands Health Care’s ability to provide medical and dental services to our entire seven county area. The HIIP award of $1 million will enable Missouri Highlands to expand the Iron County Medical Clinic in Pilot Knob to include a state of the art dental clinic.  We are thrilled at the opportunity this provides our patients as dental care is one of the most critical community needs in our region” says Karen R. White, CEO Missouri Highlands Health Care.

Missouri Highlands Health Care places particular emphasis on care provided to uninsured and underinsured patients. They accept Medicaid, Medicare, most insurance and offer a sliding fee scale for patients that are uninsured or underinsured. Missouri Highlands provides preventative and primary medical care, preventative and restorative dental care, behavioral health services, prescription assistance programs, tele-health services and case management/referral services. For more information about our services, please call 573-663-2313. Visit our website at www.mohigh.org and like Missouri Highlands Health Care on Facebook.