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Administration Awards $150 Million to Health Centers

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced July 10, $150 million in grant awards to more than 1,000 community health centers nationwide to help them enroll people in insurance plans. Health centers currently provide primary health services and other assistance to more than 21 million patients. To help these consumers understand insurance options through the health insurance exchanges, Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program, health centers are expected to use the grant money to hire an additional 2,900 outreach and eligibility workers. Newsline reported on these award opportunities when they were first announced in May, noting that “this funding is part of the administration’s efforts to streamline the process of applying for insurance coverage.”

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