The Department of Health and Human Services announced Friday nearly $300 million in new Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act funding for community health centers to expand primary care services and help more uninsured consumers enroll in coverage.

The funds, the agency said, will help address the need for more doctors as more Americans get insured under PPACA. HHS said nearly 1,300 facilities nationwide will receive the grants, allowing them to hire about 4,700 primary care doctors full time and stay open longer.

Primary care doctors have been under increased demand, especially since the implementation of PPACA. Reports have suggested that a doctor shortage will grow increasingly worse in the coming years, putting health care for many families at risk.

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