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Expanded Community Health Centers

Community Health Centers (CHCs) are a critical part of the health care safety net, delivering primary and preventive health services to 11 million patients who are either uninsured or have inadequate coverage. The President's budget includes $1.5 billion for CHCs, a $114 million increase that would continue the Bush administration's long-term strategy to add 1,200 new and expanded health center sites over five years and serve an additional 6.1 million patients. The increase for fiscal year 2003 would support 170 new and expanded health centers, and provide services to a million additional patients.