WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) today announced that Primary Health Care, Inc. in Des Moines will receive $375,000 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education Payment Program. The funds were made available by the Affordable Care Act and will be used to support a primary care residency program at the center. In his role as Chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, Harkin played a pivotal part in the Senate passage of the Affordable Care Act. He also serves as chair of the Senate panel that funds health initiatives and has long been a champion for community health centers.
“By increasing training opportunities in community-based settings, this program attracts medical providers who are committed to working in underserved areas, and gives them the hands-on experience they need to continue their careers in locations such as community health centers,” Harkin said. “By providing access to health care services for Iowans who lack adequate insurance coverage, Primary Health Care Inc. improves the health of thousands of people in central Iowa.”