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Government Recruits Health Centers to Help With Enrollment in Health Care Plans

$150 million allocated to all 50 states (July 10)

Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has announced $150 million in grants to 1,159 health centers across the nation to enroll uninsured Americans in health coverage options under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. With these funds, health centers in all 50 states are expected to hire an additional 2,900 outreach and eligibility assistance workers to assist people with enrollment into health coverage.

U.S. health centers serve more than 21 million patients annually.

According to Sebelius, with the new awards, consumers will get help understanding their coverage options through the new Health Insurance Marketplace, Medicaid, and the Children’s Health Insurance Program; determine their eligibility and what financial help they can get; and enroll in new health coverage options.

The awards, issued by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), complement other federal efforts, such as the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services-funded Navigator program.

These tools are aimed at helping Americans understand their coverage options and select the plan that best suits their needs when open enrollment in the new Health Insurance Marketplace begins October 1, 2013.

Source: HHS; July 10, 2013.

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