CAO gets health care funding

Published 10:26 am Monday, March 30, 2009

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, $626,476 will go to six community health clinics in the Sixth District.

The Ironton-Lawrence County Community Action Organization will receive $218,680.

The organization will use the funds to hire a new full-time pediatrician, a diabetic educator, a nurse, and a front desk assistant, as well as one part-time nurse and one part-time support staffer.

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“Healthcare costs have increased four times faster than inflation and that’s hit working families extremely hard. Many families rely on community health clinics as their main healthcare provider,” Congressman Charlie Wilson (OH-6) said.

“So, not only are these funds creating or saving at least 13 jobs in our region, but these funds are being invested in much needed healthcare.”