Four school-based health care programs in West Virginia were among 200 nationwide that received $80 million in federal funds.

The Ritchie County Primary Care Association in Harrisville has received about $500,000 for the project through the National Assembly on School-Based Health Care.

The funding is through the federal Affordable Care Act and is meant to improve access to primary, mental, and oral health care for school-aged children.

"Data show that school-based health centers help decrease absenteeism, reduce unnecessary and costly emergency room visits, and ensure quality and cost-effective care for children and adolescents," according to the agency.

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