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Ben Archer health centers receive barrier removal grants


Ben Archer Health Center, Inc., which has facilities in Doña Ana, Luna, Sierra and Otero counties, is among five New Mexico healthcare providers receiving grants from Western Sky Community Care to improve access to patients with disabilities, the managed care organization said in a news release.

In partnership with the National Council on Independent Living, Western Sky has awarded $100,000 to the providers “to improve accessibility for people with disabilities by supporting the Barrier Removal Fund program,” a news release said.

The fund is part of the Barrier Removal Fund, a provider accessibility initiative that offers financial assistance to increase the number of New Mexico providers that meet or exceed federal disability access standards and ultimately allow ease of access to healthcare for more individuals, Western Sky said.

Providers will receive funding for an array of projects, such as purchasing equipment designed specifically for patients with disabilities to building Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant structural improvements like handrails, wheelchair ramps, and sliding doors. These projects will all help provide vital upgrades for patient access, the news release said.

For more information, visit: www.ncil.org/provider-accessibility-initiative. Also visit www.westernskycommunitycare.com.