BRYAN- Texas has received a total of $61 million dollars in federally funded grants from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to support "The Affordable Care Act."
The funds will help build and expand community health centers for the additional patients who will be eligible for treatment under the new law.
The Brazos Valley Action Agency received two grants from the new law that will help build a new facility in Bryan.
"We have more patients than we can take care of," Judy Greer said. Greer has been working as a nurse at the B-CS Community Health Clinic for 7 years.
"Adult patients and geriatrics patients have a strong need in this type of care in the community." Greer said, "If their under insured or not insured. This funding will help us expand those services in this clinic."
The Bryan clinic will soon be able to assist more patients as they move the pediatrics and prenatal care to a new site.
St. Joseph Hospital is donating an abandoned building located at 1301 Memorial Drive in Bryan to the Brazos Valley Action Agency.
A $4.4 million dollar grant the agency received will help demolish and create a 16,500 square foot building with 30 exam rooms.
The Deputy Director of the BVCAA Todd Eric said, "To have the federal government support this local community to add jobs and a new facility for folks that are in need for finding a medical home, I think it's a significant step."
According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, an additional 1.3 million patients will be using community health centers in the next two years.
"It will open doors for patients that normally haven't had access before," Chief Medical Officer of BVCAA Steve Ramirez said, "Patients right now are struggling to get in the doctors offices and this will create and avenue for people who normally can't gain access to those services."
Another grant of $300,000 dollars will go towards renovating the Bryan clinic on Texas Avenue to prepare them for thousands of new patients.
"With the new funding sources we're going to be able to remodel here in Bryan and expand the adult space," Greer said, "I think we'll be able to handle the population that need our assistance then."
The Brazos Valley Action Agency has 12 clinics in the Brazos Valley and says the new clinic will be able to see 12 to 14 thousand patients.