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US Health Secretary in Philadelphia To Announce Grants For Health Centers

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(US health secretary Kathleen Sebelius, far right, is joined by Congressmembers Chaka Fattah, second from right, and Allyson Schwartz, third from right, on a tour by officials at the Fairmount Primary Care Center.  Credit: John McDevitt)

(US health secretary Kathleen Sebelius, far right, is joined by Congressmembers Chaka Fattah, second from right, and Allyson Schwartz, third from right, on a tour by officials at the Fairmount Primary Care Center. Credit: John McDevitt)

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By John McDevitt

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The US secretary of Health and Human Services paid a visit to Philadelphia today to make a major announcement regarding one of the results of President Obama’s health care legislation.

After taking a tour of the Fairmount Primary Care Center, near Broad St. and Fairmount Ave., HHS secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced nearly $730 million in grants from the Affordable Care Act, an effort is to support about 400 health care-related projects nationwide.

“(The grants) are going to help community care centers like here in Fairmount expand,  modernize their facilities, hire more employees, and most importantly serve more patients and creat more jobs,” Sebelius said.

She says more than $1.5 million from today’s grants are coming to the Philadelphia area.  And she says the investment is part of an $11-billion committment over the next five years that will allow community health care facilities across the country to serve millions of more patients regardless of their ability to pay.

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