New Money for Cardiac Care Effort in South Dakota
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota is about to roll out a new program to improve cardiac care around the state.
Gov. Dennis Daugaard is expected to detail the effort in a news conference Friday morning. He’ll be joined by officials from the Helmsley Charitable Trust, which is providing funding.
The trust just last month announced money to pay for research into unmet health care services and needs in South Dakota. The trust was established by the late hotel and real estate baroness Leona Helmsley.
Also, The federal government has given South Dakota $1.3 million to expand access to health care in the state.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services says the funding is being made available by the Affordable Care Act.
South Dakota health centers last year served almost 56,000 patients and 36 percent of them uninsured. The agency says the grant will help care for approximately 7,700 additional South Dakotans by establishing new health center service delivery sites.
Nationwide, about $150 million in grants are being awarded to 236 health center programs.
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