Press Release

Maine health centers getting $1,340,317 to help uninsured individuals get insurance

Maine will receive $1,340,317 from  the national Health Resources and Services Administration as part of a $150 million nationwide package meant to help more uninsured Americans enroll in affordable health insurance coverage.

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said in Thursday’s press release that the money will support 19 health centers’ enrollment efforts in Maine, and is being made available by the Affordable Care Act.

“Health centers have extensive experience providing eligibility assistance to patients, are providing care to 181,467 individuals in Maine communities, and are well-positioned to support enrollment efforts,” Secretary Sebelius said in the press release. “Investing in health centers for outreach and enrollment assistance provides one more way the Obama Administration is helping consumers understand their options and enroll in affordable coverage.”

Health centers may use the money to hire new staff, train existing staff, and conduct community outreach events and other educational activities. Health centers will help consumers understand their coverage options, determine their eligibility, and enroll in new affordable health insurance options.

Community health center staff will provide unbiased information to consumers about health insurance, the new Health Insurance Marketplace, qualified health plans, and Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program.

To see a list of health centers eligible to apply for this funding in Maine visit http://www.hrsa.gov/about/news/2013tables/outreachandenrollment/.

For information on applying for this funding opportunity visit http://bphc.hrsa.gov/outreachandenrollment/.

Open enrollment in the Health Insurance Marketplace begins Oct. 1. To learn more visithttp://www.HealthCare.gov/marketplace.

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