- Associated Press - Friday, April 15, 2016

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - A spending bill approved by the U.S. Senate’s Appropriations Committee includes about $7 million to relocate and expand a veterans’ outpatient clinic in Portland, Maine.

Republican Sen. Susan Collins tells the Portland Press Herald (https://bit.ly/1VujknW ) the money would fund the leasing of a new facility and support a partnership between the VA Maine Healthcare System, Maine Medical Center and the Tufts University School of Medicine.

The newspaper says the hope is to combine community-based outpatient clinics in Portland and Saco. The new, expanded facility would then provide a wider array of services.

The Saco clinic would close after the new location is selected.

The Senate must still approve the bill.

The state has one dedicated veterans hospital, which is located in Augusta. The VA runs eight other outpatient clinics state-wide.

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Information from: Portland Press Herald, https://www.pressherald.com


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