Peak Vista awarded $758,333 federal grant for local services

Peak Vista Community Health Centers in Colorado Springs has received a grant of $758,333 from the U.S. Health and Human Services, the federal agency announced Thursday.

The money will be used at Peak Vista’s North Academy Boulevard location “and will enable us to fund several more providers and six support staff,” said Communications Director Randy Hylton.

“This will only add to Peak Vista’s impact on the North Academy corridor,” Hylton said.

The grant was part of $150 million in awards under the Affordable Care Act to support 236 health center sites across the country. The money will help care for approximately 1.25 million additional patients nationally, the HHS said.

“We are committed to providing more people across the country with the quality patient-centered care they deserve,” said HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. “Health centers are key partners in the improving access to quality, affordable health care services for those who need it most.

“With new, affordable health insurance options available under the Affordable Care Act, community health centers are also key partners in helping uninsured residents sign up for health coverage – many of whom have been locked out of the health insurance market for years,” Sebelius said.

Peak Vista has been providing health care services for low-income, uninsured or underinsured area residents since 1971.

Community health centers deliver health care services in communities with historically high population with no insurance. Community health centers are also on the front line of helping uninsured residents enroll in new health insurance options available under the Affordable Care Act, through expanded access to Medicaid in many states, and new private health insurance options and tax credits.