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Help Coming for Swamped SD Community Health Centers

March 12, 2009

Sioux Falls, SD – Parts of South Dakota, including Sioux Falls, have been hit hard by the recession, which means Community Health Centers have been inundated with requests from uninsured people who need medical care. However, the stimulus package passed by Congress and signed by President Obama is coming to the rescue. It includes a half-billion dollars to the states to help cover the increase in uninsured patients looking for help.

Judy Buseman with Falls Community Health in Sioux Falls says demand began shooting up six months ago.

"Starting last fall, we have been talking about increased demand for services, so we need this money. As soon as we get it, we will put it to good use."

Buseman says one area where the stimulus money really would help is in providing much-needed dental services.

"Many people don't have dental coverage at work, so they have been paying for that on their own longer. When people let that go, they end up with emergencies."

She says stimulus grant applications are due on Monday, March 16. Funds are scheduled to arrive by the end of March.

Dick Layman, Public News Service - SD