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Washington, D.C. – The U.S. Health and Human Services Department awarded a grant to the State of Wyoming to open a Health and Wellness Center in Cheyenne. The center will provide preventive and primary care to area residents, according to U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo.

"This money will be used to help patients regardless of their ability to pay, something that every community needs," said Enzi. "Wyoming has many residents with no health insurance and community health centers reach out to those families and provide much needed care."

The grant of $650,000 is part of a national $49 million grant estimated to help 488,000 Americans, many without health insurance, to obtain comprehensive primary health care services. These grants are part of a five-year plan introduced in 2002 by President Bush to add 1,200 new and expanded health center sites and to increase the number of people served annually from 10 million to 16 million by 2006. Since the launch, 700 new or expanded health centers have been funded by the Health and Human Services Department.

Enzi, a senior member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee and Health Care Task Force member, wrote a letter to Secretary of Health and Human Services Thompson encouraging the department to award Wyoming funds for a community health center.

For more information on this grant visit their web site (www.hhs.gov/news).

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