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Federal officials award more than $8M to Ohio health centers to expand primary care services

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COLUMBUS, Ohio — Federal officials say 37 community health centers in Ohio are getting close to $8.5 million in funding to help increase access to primary care services following President Barack Obama's health law.

The grants announced Friday will be used to hire more health care workers, extend center hours and add services such as dental and vision care.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services says the money is being distributed to community health centers in every state. The awards are aimed at helping with increased demands for primary care services from newly insured patients and others.

Health officials say the money coming to Ohio will help health centers hire an estimated 161 new staff members to reach more than 57,000 new patients.

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