Affordable Care Act provides $2.4 million to two Tacoma clinics

Two Tacoma medical clinics have received $2.4 million in federal grants to pay for training programs for primary care physicians.

Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell announced that Community Health Care on the Hilltop will receive $900,000, and the Puyallup Tribal Health Authority will receive $1.5 million to support primary care residencies during the 2014-15 academic year.

“We’re very happy about it,” said Russ Sondker, marketing and resource development director at Community Health Care. “Pierce County has been shown to be a shortage area for family practice physicians, and statistics show that if doctors learn in an area, they tend to stay in that area.”

The funding is part of $83.4 million allocated through the Affordable Care Act and supports primary care residencies in 60 health centers across the country.

The Affordable Care Act supports residencies in family medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology, psychiatry, geriatrics and general dentistry.

Residency grants for primary care physicians also were awarded to five other Washington health centers, two in Spokane, two in Yakima and one in Toppenish.