School Clinics Await Funds From Health-Care Reform
School-based health centers, which provide comprehensive medical care to students beyond the standard school-nurse clinic model, are awaiting a big boost from the federal government under the law overhauling the nation’s health-care system.
The legislation provides for $200 million over four years to help centers pay for capital improvements, like buying medical equipment or expanding or improving building space, and it authorizes the government to distribute additional money for operating costs, such as salaries for medical professionals.
The measure is important because it created a federal authorization for the first time that is specific to school-based health clinics, which were once a controversial innovation. And with other sources of funding pinched by budget constraints at the local and state levels, supporters say the clinics need a federal infusion of cash to...
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