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Feds Renew Funding for Low Income Health Care in St. Louis

By Matt Sepic, KWMU

St. Louis – The federal government has pledged $50 million to shore up health care services for low-income St. Louisans.

Health and Human Services Deputy Secretary Claude Allen announced the funding Tuesday.

llen says part of the money will fund the Connect Care outpatient centers in St. Louis.

"You can never guarantee funding, but what you can do is guarantee partnerships, and guarantee the access to services with the funding coming along with that," Allen said.

The money will be distributed over two years through Missouri's Medicaid program. It could be renewed for a third year.

The St. Louis Regional Health Commission says more than 300,000 people in St. Louis city and County either have no insurance or are covered by Medicaid.