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U.S. Sen. Steve Daines announced Thursday $5.28 million in funding for Community Health Centers in Montana — including $1.41 million for the center in Butte.

The money is to provide improved continuity of care, mobile services to rural locations, and increased access to affordable care.

Don Foley, interim CEO at the Southwest Montana Community Health Center, 445 Centennial Ave., said the center is grateful to both Daines and U.S. Sen. Jon Tester for their continued support.

That support "allows us to continue our mission of providing high-quality health care to all people, regardless of their ability to pay," Foley said Thursday.

The private nonprofit clinic serves more than 13,000 patients each year with primary medical, dental, behavioral health, and pharmacy services. The $1.4 million provides six months' worth of Community Health Center grant funding.

"Medicaid payments and grant funding are the biggest sources of revenue needed to serve our mission," Foley added.

Daines said Montana's Community Health Centers provide reliable access to affordable health care close to home.

"I'm pleased that Montanans ... will continue to have the health services they rely on," he said.

The Department of Health and Human Services also awarded grants to:

Livingston: Community Health Partners Inc.: $2,473,472

Libby: Lincoln Community Health Center: $1,385,381

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