Why Women’s Health Care Is Getting a $2.8 Billion Boost to $4 Billion Over Five Years

In a sign of growing concern about the U.S. health care system, the Department of Health and Human Services announced Thursday that the agency will invest $2 billion over five years to expand and improve the U, D.C., health care delivery system.

The new funds will be used to: Expand the network of primary care physicians; Expand and improve access to primary care and behavioral health services; Improve patient care management; Expand the scope and reach of health centers and other health care providers; and Enhance access to preventive services, including cancer screenings and screenings for HIV and other STDs.

In addition to the expanded primary care program, the new funds include $1.3 billion for the expansion of the Behavioral Health Care Network, which is aimed at addressing barriers to health care access among low-income and minority women.

Read more about the health care overhaul at Bloomberg View.