U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Announces $150 Million in Grants To Community Health Centers
The United States Health Resources and Services Administration announced on November 7 that it would provide an additional $150 million in funding to 236 community health centers across the United States for the purposes of hiring additional staff, purchasing equipment, and renting space. These funds will help community health centers prepare to serve over a million previously uninsured people who will obtain health coverage as a result of the Affordable Care Act, either as a result of their state’s choice to expand Medicaid coverage to all adults with incomes below 133% of the Federal Poverty Line (FPL) or as a result of their eligibility to purchase private insurance through the new statewide health insurance marketplaces. This population includes workers with disabilities who are low-income but were not previously eligible for Medicaid through the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program, and those whose employers did not provide health coverage and who were previously priced out of the individual insurance market or denied insurance as a result of preexisting conditions. The community health centers will also continue to serve individuals who remain uninsured and will assist newly eligible individuals to sign up for health coverage.
For more information, see the US Department of Health and Human Services web site, http://www.hhs.gov/news/press/2013pres/11/20131107a.html