The department estimates it will help 4,500 new patients find health care.
A grant for $784,004 is going to OneWorld Community Health Centers.
CEO Andrea Skolkin says they are expanding their northwest Omaha location to offer more dental services and an urgent care.
“For some of our patients, it’s very difficult to make appointments during the daytime,” Skolkin tells Nebraska Radio Network, “and an urgent care clinic, which is minor injuries and cough, cold, and flu, gives them the opportunity to come without an appointment and be seen.”
A $1 million grant is going to Midtown Health Center in Norfolk to add medical and dental rooms, improve accessibility, and purchase new equipment.
Both facilities serve low-income patients or those without insurance.
“We have a sliding fee schedule for patients that don’t have insurance,” Skolkin says, “and it makes healthcare a lot more affordable for them.”
The two grants for Nebraska were among $260 million awarded nationwide by HHS. The funding comes from the Affordable Care Act’s Community Health Center Fund.
“Health centers are cornerstones of the communities they serve,” HHS Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell said in a news release. “The awards will empower health centers to build more capacity and provide needed health care to hundreds of thousands of additional individuals and their families.”