Independent U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders will be in Plainfield today at a 10:30 a.m. ceremony at The Health Center of Plainfield where a $1.2 million expansion project has been completed.
“As chairman of the subcommittee on primary health care, I am proud that we have helped lead the fight to more than double funding for community health centers to address the primary health crisis in Vermont and America,” Sanders said. He secured $12.5 billion in the Affordable Care Act to expand health centers, train primary care physicians and double to 40 million the number of patients served nationwide over the next five years.
Vermont in the past decade has gone from two Federally Qualified Health Centers to eight, including 47 sites where more than 120,000 Vermonters get primary health care, dental care, mental health counseling and low-cost prescription drugs.
Joining Sanders will be Paul Garstki, president and chairman of the board of directors, and Dr. John Matthew, the center’s medical director.
The health center is located at 157 Towne Ave.