Arizona health clinics getting federal stimulus money

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PHOENIX -- More than a dozen Arizona health clinics will be getting a much-needed injection of money thanks to the federal stimulus program.

The state's network is made up of 16 federally qualified health centers that operate more than 100 medical and dental clinics. Those clinics are mostly located in rural and underserved areas and will share $25.6 million.

That money will go toward hiring more doctors, as well as renovating facilities. It will also be used for low-cost preventative care for new patients.

The federal dollars couldn't come at a better time. Arizona's budget crisis is forcing cuts to state fund programs for community health centers.

Numbers from the National Association of Community Health Centers, Inc. show that nearly 343,000 patients received treatment at Arizona's community clinics last year. Almost one third of those patients did not have insurance.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.