COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina is receiving almost $5 million under the federal Affordable Care Act to expand primary care health care centers in 17 communities.
U.S. Rep. Jim Clyburn announced the grants Friday.
Clyburn says the grants will help the centers hire staff, expand operating hours and add such things as dental, behavioral health, pharmacy and vision services.
The Democratic lawmaker says he's pleased the state received the grants despite South Carolina's decision not to accept almost $12 billion in new revenue by expanding Medicaid.
The centers receiving the funds include health clinics in Greenwood, Hartsville, Lancaster, Okatie and Rock Hill.
Other centers receiving the money are in Clemson, Columbia, Conway, Florence, Little River and Orangeburg. In addition, centers in Clearwater, Fairfax, Greenville, Jefferson, McClellanville and Sumter are receiving funds.