The Open Door Health Center in Mankato can breathe a little easier now that a threat of funding loss has been eliminated with the new federal budget
 
Health Centers across the nation will have two years of extended funding with the recently passed spending plan.

The budget will distribute three billion dollars to clinics nationwide in 2018 and four billion in 2019, which includes the Open Door Health Center.

Doug Jaeger, CEO of Mankato's Open Door clinic says the extended funding will save many services from being cut.
 
 "The most critical that we serve right now because of the funding mechanisms is probably dental," said Jaeger. "People in the region are having a harder and harder time getting dental services.
 
An additional $600 million was given to Health Centers in the US to assist with operating costs and address un–met needs in communities.

----KEYC News 12