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Grants prompting community health centers to build and renovate more facilities

Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced on May 1, 2012, that grants under the new healthcare law will prompt more healthcare providers to build, expand, and improve their facilities across the nation.

More than $728 million in funds will help 398 renovation and construction projects across the country, creating new jobs and providing better healthcare. The awards came as a part of the Affordable Care Act, which will support similar projects with $1.5 billion over the next five years.

To date, the funds have been distributed over 190 new construction and renovation projects, and created 67 new health centers across the country. In the next two years, the funds will support an estimated 485 new healthcare center construction and renovation projects, and create 245 new community health centers.

"President Obama's health care law is making our community health centers stronger," said Sebelius. "This investment will expand our ability to provide high-quality care to millions of people while supporting good paying jobs in communities across the country."

As more construction projects begin around the country, employers will need to turn to the Occupational Safety and Health Association's (OSHA's) standards for construction safety. Protect workers from the many hazards in this industry by providing hard hats, fall protection, and other appropriate safety products