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Uncle Sam Delivers for MD Community Health Centers

Community Health Centers like those that are part of the People's Community Health Center in Baltimore are getting federal grant awards to enroll uninsured Marylanders in new health coverage options. photo credit: http://www.jhsph.edu/
Community Health Centers like those that are part of the People's Community Health Center in Baltimore are getting federal grant awards to enroll uninsured Marylanders in new health coverage options. photo credit: http://www.jhsph.edu/
July 12, 2013

ANNAPOLIS, Md. – From Hagerstown to Brandywine to Salisbury, community health centers across the state are getting a financial boost from Uncle Sam.

This week, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelious announced grant awards totaling $1,6 million to help enroll uninsured Marylanders in new health coverage plans made available by the Affordable Care Act.

"So many Americans have spent their whole lives being frustrated, gouged or turned away from our healthcare system,” Sebelious said. “And connecting them with information they need to finally get quality, affordable coverage is a huge undertaking."

Maryland has 16 community health centers that served about 300,000 people last year.

The new funding will help them hire additional staffers to enroll people in new health coverage programs starting October first.

Sebelious said the goal is to make it as easy as possible for people across the country to understand their health coverage options, and local community health centers are a critical part of that effort.

"The awards will go to things like hiring almost 3,000 new outreach workers, training staff, creating bi-lingual education materials, and boosting technological capacity," she said.


Alison Burns, Public News Service - MD