TODAY, Lt. Governor Anthony G. Brown, U.S. Senator Benjamin Cardin and Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett will visit Community Clinic Inc.’s (CCI) Takoma Park Health Center to present the clinic with two grant awards from the Maryland Community Health Resources Commission (CHRC) and CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield totaling nearly $1.9 million. The funds will enable CCI to expand services for high-risk patients in Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties as the organization integrates community health workers and other staff into the delivery of primary care. CCI will also use funds to expand its use of electronic medical records to better track and manage patients with chronic diseases such as hypertension and diabetes. These advances will assist CCI in obtaining recognition by the National Committee for Quality Assurance’s (NCQA) as a Patient Centered Medical Home, a new model of patient-centered primary care that is supported by the federal Affordable Care Act (ACA).
The state grant to CCI is one of 15 grant awards announced by the CHRC and Lt. Governor Brown in February, totaling $1.1 million <http://www.governor.maryland.gov/ltgovernor/pressreleases/120208.asp> , that are designed to expand access to primary care in underserved areas of the state, help reduce infant mortality, increase access to dental care for low-income children, promote access to behavioral health treatment services and assist providers in adopting health information technology. The grants are expected to help provide access to health care for more than 25,000 Marylanders in all regions of the state.
Lt. Governor Brown leads the O’Malley-Brown Administration’s efforts to lower costs, expand access, and improve the quality of health care for all Marylanders. Under the leadership of Governor O’Malley and Lt. Governor Brown, Maryland has implemented reforms that have expanded health coverage to over 310,000 Marylanders and put the State in position to maximize the federal Affordable Care Act (ACA).
WHAT: Lt. Governor Brown to Present Health Care Grants
WHERE: Community Clinic Inc.
7676 New Hampshire Avenue
Takoma Park, MD
WHEN: TODAY, Monday, April 2, 2012