- Associated Press - Friday, September 12, 2014

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The federal government says $3 million in Affordable Care Act funding will be used to help 14 health center centers expand service in Maine.

Officials say the funding will help the centers hire an estimated 48 new staff, stay open for longer hours and expand their services. The government believes the funding will help the centers reach an estimated 10,367 additional patients.

Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell says health centers are a key part of how the Affordable Care Act aims to improve access to care for millions of Americans.

The Maine funding is part of $295 million that’s being awarded nationally. The awards cover much of the state, from Pines Health Services in Caribou to York County Community Action Corp. in Sanford.

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