On July 10, Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, in partnership with the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), announced $150 million in grant awards to 1,159 health centers across the nation to enroll uninsured Americans in new health coverage options made available by the Affordable Care Act. With these funds, health centers are expected to hire an additional 2,900 outreach and eligibility assistance workers to assist millions of people nationwide with enrollment into health coverage. The awards were issued in all 50 states. Nationally, community health centers serve 21 million patients annually.
These centers will now be places where individuals and families receive affordable, quality care and help with the new Health Insurance Marketplace, Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program. The centers will determine eligibility in private and public health insurance, determine what financial help they are eligible for, and enroll them in health insurance.
- To read the press release for the grants, visit here: http://www.hhs.gov/news/press/2013pres/07/20130710a.html
- To see the full list of awards by state, visit here: http://www.hrsa.gov/about/news/2013tables/outreachandenrollment/
- To learn more about what health centers do and to find one in your community, look here: http://bphc.hrsa.gov/