WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama plans to spend almost $600 million to build community health centers and to make medical records easier to find.
The White House is presenting the plan as a way to add jobs. Officials are also linking it to Obama's broader push for an overhaul of the nation's health systems that working its way through Congress.
The bulk of the money is expected to fund new construction and improvement projects at more than 80 facilities. Another chunk will go to help health care facilities transfer their medical records to electronic format and to upgrade technology.
The money comes from the $787 billion stimulus bill the president championed during his first days in office.
In prepared remarks, Obama says the spending is an example of "what health reform is really about": giving people peace of mind "that health care will be there for them."