- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 16, 2015

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - New Hampshire’s community health centers are getting nearly $3.6 million in federal funding to expand access to patients who have gained insurance under President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul law.

Ten community health centers will split $2.59 million, allowing them to serve approximately 3,000 new patients and to address particular needs of their communities, including substance abuse treatment. The remaining $1 million will go to the Manchester Community Health Center specifically to expand its facility and capacity to serve patients.

Sen. Jeanne Shaheen said Wednesday the Affordable Care Act isn’t perfect, but has improved access to affordable health care. She also said she is pleased clinics will have flexibility in how they spend the money, given that many parts of the state are grappling with a heroin and opioid epidemic.

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