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Camillus Health to Receive Federal Funds for Expansion

Published Tuesday, May 1, 2012 9:00 am

Camillus Health is one of four Miami-Dade community health centers that will share more than $6 million in funds from a provision in the Affordable Care Act, the Obama administration reported on May 1, 2012.

The funds are broken down as follows: Borinquen Health Care Centers will receive $4.3 million, Camillus Health $800,000, Community AIDS Resource $500,000 and Community Health of South Florida $500,000.

All the funds are intended for renovation and construction projects. The grants are aimed at expanding primary care for the poor and uninsured to reduce expensive visits to emergency rooms.

“These funds will be used to help pay for part of the much-needed improvements to our 15-year-old facility, which will allow us to increase our behavioral health, dentistry and primary care for our patients," noted Ray Kayal, Sr., Executive Director & CEO of Camillus Health, Inc.

Kayal added, "We are equally grateful to our private benefactors and donors whose continuing support affords us the ability to maintain these services.”

The Affordable Care Act offers clear choices for consumers and provides new ways to hold insurance companies accountable. The new health law here takes effect in 2014.

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Serving the South Florida community since 1960, Camillus House is a non-profit organization that provides humanitarian services to men, women and children who are poor and homeless.