MONTPELIER, Vt. — Vermont community health centers will receive federal grants equaling $816,000 in funding to help improve access to affordable health care.

Sen. Bernie Sanders made the announcement, saying about 25 percent of Vermont residents receive health care services at community health centers. The Rutland Herald reports (http://bit.ly/2wh3qXw ) the grants are being distributed as a part of a Health Resources and Services Administration program that will distribute $105 million throughout the country.

The centers accept patients with Medicare, Medicaid, military insurance, private insurance and patients without insurance. People without insurance can pay on a sliding scale, according to their income.

Sanders, an independent, says community health centers provide high-quality and affordable care, alongside providing care in a cost-effective manner.