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KENTONA federally qualified health center is on hold for the Hardin County area.Health Partners of Western Ohio lost out on federal Health and Human Services grant funding through the Affordable Care Act.“We do not consider this announcement a ‘no,’ for Kenton, but a ‘not right now,’” Health Partners CEO Janis Sunderhaus said.Initially the government said 400 applications would be approved, but budget cuts slashed that number to 67. Two centers in Ohio, both in Columbus, received funding.Health Partners, with sites in Lima and New Carlisle, fills health care gaps by providing affordable primary and preventative care. The center’s board will keep working on a Hardin County site and be in contact with federal officials to improve the grant application and investigate a new round of funding, Sunderhaus said.In recent years, Health Partners has seen an increasing number of patients traveling long distances for care and many communities have requested help to establish health centers.

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