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AACI Receives HHS New Access Point Award

November 8, 2013

[San Jose, CA] – Asian Americans for Community Involvement (AACI) is proud to be the recipient of a New Access Point (NAP) award. Yesterday, U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced that 46 grants were awarded to California health centers totaling $30.6 million in funding. AACI is one of three Bay Area awardees and is one of four Asian awardees in California.

Former Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) Look-Alike AACI will become a full FQHC enabling it to expand staffing and services. AACI will receive first year funding of $866,667 and its providers will be eligible for federal malpractice insurance. In addition, AACI will now be eligible to apply for federal capital improvement funds.

“As our country implements health care reform, this federal grant award will be transformational for the community. AACI will expand our health center and provide high quality care to more residents, regardless of patients’ ability to pay,” stated Michele Lew, AACI President and CEO.

U.S. Congressman Mike Honda stated, “I would like to extend my congratulations to Asian Americans for Community Involvement (AACI) on being awarded nearly $900,000 in federal funds through the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration. This funding enables AACI to serve as an access point for Affordable Care Act resources and expand health center and culturally competent services. As a founding board member of AACI and having seen its impact on our region over the last 40 years, I am delighted that we were able to leverage federal funds to support one of Santa Clara County’s most important community institutions. Once again, congratulations AACI, and I am excited to see what will be accomplished with this new funding.”

“I’m thrilled that AACI was awarded over $800,000 as part of the Affordable Care Act to improve and expand its vital community health initiatives,” said U.S. Congresswoman Anna Eshoo, who is a member of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus and voted for the Affordable Care Act. “AACI served nearly 14,000 patients in 2012, many of whom were uninsured. With these new funds, community health centers like AACI will provide even more individuals and families in our state and the 18th Congressional District with access to high-quality affordable health care.”

Ernesto Orduna, Patient Advocate and former AACI board member stated, “This award will help us better serve the health care needs of the community and provide more opportunities for those in need. I’ve been a patient of AACI’s health center for the past 8 years and they provide the best health care. I’m so happy that now more people will be served by AACI.”

More information about the New Access Point award can be found at the following website:
http://www.hrsa.gov/about/news/2013tables/newaccesspointawards/ca.html

In 2012, AACI also received a $2.7 million Health Care Innovation Award from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to establish a Patient Navigation Center to train Asian and Hispanic youth and veteran AACI case workers as patient navigators. The navigators will improve access to health care by helping patients with referrals, appointment scheduling, translation, transportation and after-hours care, among other services. AACI was one of 17 organizations in California to receive this award. AACI’s patient navigators will play an integral role in ensuring improved access to care.

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