Affordable Care Act money in Columbia

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COLUMBIA - As a part of the Affordable Care Act, the Obama administration has awarded almost $1.5 million to six health centers across Missouri. 

Family Health Center of Boone County in Columbia is one of the recipients.

The center received $250,000 to deliver better coordinated care and updated facilities, according to a press release from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. 

It says, "These funds support patient-centered medical homes across Missouri that aim to improve quality of care through a team based approach and treating the many needs of the patient at once."

Family Health Center Director Gloria Crull says they will use the money to combine nursing stations and allow for better collaborative efforts.

"But what that requires is a change from the routine, primary care office and as a result you need to re align the space and that's what this grant was for," Crull said. 

The new space will also help smooth out patient flow by freeing up exam rooms. 

"Health centers provide access to quality health care for Missourians regardless of their ability to pay," Health and Human Services secretary Sylvia Burwell said.  

According to the press release, this method increases access to care and empowers patients to have a role in their healthcare. 

So far 44 states have gotten $35 million for health centers from the Affordable Care Act.