WASHINGTON — Fourteen community health centers in Maine have been chosen to participate in a federal program aimed to reduce the number of emergency room visits by Medicare patients by improving their overall health care.

For three years participating community health centers will be provided an additional reimbursement for the services needed to provide continuous care, according to an announcement by Congressman Mike Michaud.

Participating centers are HealthReach Community Health Care offices in Bingham, Madison, Kingfield, Rangeley, Strong and Livermore Falls; Sebasticook Family Doctors offices in Canaan, Dexter and Pittsfield; Katahdin Valley Health Center offices in Island Falls and Patten; Fish River Rural Health in Eagle Lake; Health Access Network in Medway; and St. Croix Regional Family Health in Princeton.

The program part of the Affordable Care Act’s Advanced Primary Care Practice.

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