York County gets community health center courtesy of ACA

Posted Wednesday, August 29, 2012 in News

York County gets community health center courtesy of ACA

Martin Sabol, director of York County Community Health Care Center, speaks with Rep. Chellie Pingree during a tour of the facility.

SPRINGVALE — York County celebrated the opening of its community health-care center Monday. 

The center will offer medical, dental, and mental health-care services to about 6,000 patients in York County. Fees will be on a sliding scale. 

It is expected to create 21 full-time jobs.

U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree had worked with local officials to secure a $600,000 grant under the health-care reform law to help fund the new health center.
 
"Today in Maine there are far too many who don't have health-care coverage. But just because you don't have health-care coverage doesn't mean you don't get sick," Pingree said.  "Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, thousands of Sanford-area families will have access to health care."
 
An existing health center serves the homeless and public housing populations; the new facility will be a resource for the entire community.
 
York County Community Action Executive Director Barbara Crider said the new health center would triple the number of people served.

“This Health Center will be owned by the community and will open access to families living in the heart of York County, providing medical, dental, and behavioral health care,” Crider said. “It’s going to have a big impact on their lives and on the community.”

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