Health Centers Receive Over $150 Million in Grant Awards to Help the Uninsured Obtain Health Care

A $150 million grant was awarded to 1,159 health centers to help enroll uninsured Americans in health coverage options provided by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (P.L. 111-148). The funds are also expected to create 2,900 more outreach and eligibility assistance jobs that will assist with the enrollment of millions of uninsured Americans as open enrollment begins on October 1, 2013.

The awards, announced by HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, were issued by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), to work in conjunction with other federal programs. A website created by HRSA provides a map and a listing of each the state that identifies which health centers received awards and the amount of the award. Every one of the fifty States and U.S. territories including Guam, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands received grant funds for at least one health care center.

Secretary Sebelius noted the awards are part of HHS’ efforts to make health care coverage more accessible to Americans who need health care coverage. HHS has made its HealthCare.gov site more consumer friendly and lists important answers to many common questions regarding the Health Insurance Marketplaces. The site also provides quick information links and telephone numbers for consumers to call where they can get information in their native language including Spanish, Polish, Tagalog, and Chinese.