Sanders announces funds for Vermont’s community health centers

SPRINGFIELD, Vt. – On Thursday Aug. 17 Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt) announced that 11 federally qualified community health centers in Vermont received grants to help improve access to affordable healthcare throughout the state. Springfield Medical Care System was awarded $78,163 out of the $816,251 granted to the state.

More than 155,000 Vermonters, about one if four people, obtain healthcare at federally funded community health centers. “Community health centers not only provide high quality and affordable care where it’s needed and when it’s needed, they do it in a very cost-effective way,” said Sanders, the ranking member of the Senate subcommittee on primary health and a strong supporter of community health centers.

Community health centers provide a range of services, including preventative health care and screenings, pediatric care, mental health services, dental care, management of chronic illnesses, and access to low-cost prescription drugs. They accept patients with Medicare, Medicaid, military insurance, and private insurance. Vermonters without insurance can pay on a sliding scale, according to their income.

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