As the Obama adminstration delays a key part of the Affordable Care Act — the requirement that businesses provide affordable insurance to employees — it is moving aggressively on the requirement that all Americans buy health insurance or else pay a penalty.
On Wednesday, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced $150 million in grant awards to 1,159 health centers across the nation to enroll uninsured Americans in Obamacare’s new insurance coverage options.
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The health centers are expected to use the money to hire an additional 2,900 “outreach and eligibility assistance workers,” who will help millions of people nationwide enroll in affordable health insurance.
Specifically, the health centers will help consumers understand their coverage options in the new health insurance exchanges/marketplaces, as well as the options available under Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program. The outreach workers also will help people determine their eligibility and what financial help they can get; and help sign them up.
“Investing in health centers means that people in neighborhoods and towns across the country have one more resource to help them understand their insurance options and enroll in affordable coverage,” Sebelius said in a news release issued ahead of her in-person annoucement later Wednesday at the Mountain Park Health Center in Phoenix, Ariz..
Read more at CNS News. By Susan Jones.