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Community health centers getting $700M upgrade

WASHINGTON (WKOW) -- Federal officials say nearly 400 community health centers across the nation will share more than $700 million in capital improvement grants as a result of President Barack Obama's health care law.

Community health centers serve mainly low-income people at more than 8,500 locations around the country. Patients can see a nurse or doctor regardless of their ability to pay. Many are uninsured.

The grants for construction and renovation projects announced Tuesday are part of an $11 billion funding boost for the centers under the health care law. Mary Wakefield, director of the federal Health Resources and Services Administration says they were awarded through a competition that involved independent reviewers scoring each application.

If the health law is overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court, it's unclear the government would be able to recover the money.

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