A Valparaiso primary health care provider is receiving a more than $1.3 million grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. HealthLinc will use the funding to continue serving patients regardless of their level of health insurance coverage. April 28, 2014

News Release

Merrillville, Ind. – Congressman Pete Visclosky announced today that Valparaiso-based HealthLinc will receive $1,330,537 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services as a continuing grant under the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Fiscal Year 2014 Service Area Competition.

This federal funding will allow HealthLinc, to continue providing affordable primary care to their patients, including medical, dental, behavioral health, and optometry services, regardless of patients' level of health insurance coverage.

“HealthLinc, Inc. continues to demonstrate their commitment to serving the uninsured and underinsured populations of Northwest Indiana,” said Congressman Visclosky. “This award will be instrumental to HealthLinc as it continues to provide a wide-range of high-quality health care services to the people of Northwest Indiana. I commend the HealthLinc staff for their tireless work to improve the health disparities of our region.”

“HealthLinc is appreciative of the confidence HRSA has in our organization to continue servicing the residents of Northwest Indiana that need high-quality, affordable healthcare,” said CEO Beth Wrobel. “We thank Congressman Visclosky for his continued support of HealthLinc and for ensuring that all Northwest Indiana residents receive the healthcare that Americans deserve.”

About HealthLinc:

HealthLinc began in Valparaiso as a free clinic in 1996, received look-alike status in 2003 and Federally Qualified Health Center designation in 2006. With the mission to enrich lives by providing access to patient-centered quality health care HealthLinc expanded to six locations; 5 stand-alone health clinics in Valparaiso, Michigan City, Knox, Mishawaka and East Chicago plus a clinic site integrated into a community mental center in Valparaiso. HealthLinc has recently added a 7th site by deploying a mobile medical/dental unit serving school aged children and their families.

Source: The Office of U.S. Congressman Pete Visclosky

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