Pinellas County schools, University of Miami, among recipients of Affordable Care Act money
US Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and Education Secretary Arne Duncan today announced awards of $95 million to 278 school-based health center programs across the country. Provided by the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the money is for equipment and capital improvements.
"These services can literally be life transforming," Duncan said in a conference call on Thursday. "If children aren't healthy, they can't learn."
Sebelius said the grants will make it easier to provide care for children of parents who have a hard time getting to the doctor because they don't have a car or can't get off of work.
The awards go directly from the federal government to award recipients, so applications didn't require any help from Florida Gov. Rick Scott, or the Florida legislature. Still, in looking at the country's largest states, generally, those, led by lawmakers hostile to the federal health care legislation received less money than similarly sized states.
Consider: California and New York, the first and third largest states in the country, are getting $14 million and 11.6 million respectively. Texas and Florida, the second and fourth largest states, are getting about $2.6 million each. Both Texas and Florida are challenging the federal government in court, saying so-called ObamaCare is unconstituional. Illinois, the fifth largest state and, like New York and California, not a party in the lawsuit, is getting $4.5 million.
Here's a look at where the money is going in Florida:
* Community Health Centers, Inc., in Winter Haven: $307,325
* Health Choice Network of Florida in Doral: $499,972
* North Broward Hospital District: $100,671
* Palm Beach County Health Department: $31,505
* South Broward Hospital District: $375,000
* School Board of Pinellas County: $500,000
* University of Miami: $454,500
* Pasco County Health Department: $372,989