Free or cheap health care may be available to more Americans thanks to stimulus funds being devoted to community health care.

The Setting

Amid a tough economy and continued layoffs, visits to free and affordable health clinics have jumped to 7.2 million uninsured patients since January, compared with 6.8 million for all of last year, according to The Wall Street Journal.

Boosting Health Care

The Department of Health and Human Services is setting aside $155 million for the construction of 126 new health centers across the country to offer primary care and other services at prices based on patient incomes, The Wall Street Journal reports. Additionally, $338 million in funds will be used to extend hours and expand services at 1,100 heath centers.

Stimulating Job Growth

$300 million will be invested in the Health Resources and Services Administration to add 4,100 doctors, dentists, nurses, nurse practitioners and other health professionals to clinics, effectively doubling the current number of clinicians working today, HRSA Administrator Mary Wakefield said in a statement this spring.

Finding Care

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