- Associated Press - Saturday, May 9, 2015

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Federal officials say 12 new health centers in Ohio are getting some $7.2 million in funding from President Barack Obama’s health law to provide primary care services to communities in need.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recently announced the funds, saying the money is projected to increase primary care access for more than 43,000 patients in the state.

Nationally, some $101 million was awarded to 164 new health center sites in 33 states and two territories to increase access to health care services for nearly 650,000 patients.

Health centers have been crucial in helping Ohioans sign up for health insurance. The federal agency says that since 2013, health centers helped nearly 171,000 Ohioans in their efforts to become insured.

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