Underserved areas of America are getting a big injection of cash from the Obama administration to support 266 new community health centers.

The Department of Health and Human Services announced it will spend $169 million to support centers in 46 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. The administration projects the new centers will increase access for 1.2 million people. 

The new funding builds upon the $101 million the government awarded to 164 new community centers in May, as well as the 700 such operations set up last year with funds from the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The facilities are geared toward providing primary care in areas with few medical services, particularly in poor or rural parts of the country. The government estimates there to be 1,300 community health organizations spread over 9,000 sites that serve 23 million Americans. 

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