- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 1, 2014

ATLANTA (AP) - A health care organization providing care to the homeless and other underserved communities in Atlanta will use a federal grant to bolster service.

Mercy Care officials say they’re going to use a grant of more than $261,400 from the Department of Health and Human Services to implement care coordination services at its 14 sites. Mercy Care spokeswoman Denise Garlow said in a statement the grant funding is part of the Affordable Care Act.

Garlow says the organization plans to use the money to reach an additional 1,700 patients over the next two years and improve patient outcomes.

Garlow says more than $295 million in Affordable Care Act funding has been awarded to clinics across the country and officials expect them to be able to reach about 1.5 million new patients.

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