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Philadelphia To Receive $1.5 Million In Federal Healthcare Grants

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Kathleen Sebelius (file photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Kathleen Sebelius (file photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

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By John McDevitt

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) - After taking a tour of Philadelphia’s Fairmount Primary Care Center yesterday afternoon, the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services made a major affordable care act announcement.

HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced nearly $730-million in affordable Care Act grants. She says the effort is to support about 400 health care related projects nationwide.

“That 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 create more jobs.”

She says more than $1.5 million from today’s grants are coming right here to the Philadelphia area.

Sebelius says the investment is part of an $11-billion committment over the next five years that will allow community healthcare facilities across the country to serve millions of more patients regardless of their ability to pay.

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