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Baltimore receives $499,929 for school-based health centers

Baltimore was awarded $499,929 Thursday as part of a $14 million grant for school-based health centers around the country.

The money comes from the national health care reform law and aims to increase the number of children served by 50 percent, or 53,000 kids.

The centers will treat those with acute or chronic illnesses and provide health screenings, education and disease prevention activities. The money will be used to upgrade existing clinics and open new ones.

In Maryland, the money will go to Baltimore Medical Systems Inc., an independent nonprofit system for underserved communities in the Baltimore area. It's also a federally qualified health center system, which means it meets certain criteria to serve Medicare and Medicaid patients.

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