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19 SC Health Centers receive grants from Obama Administration for insurance enrollment assistance

health-insuranceOn July 10, 2013, Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced $150 million in grant awards to 1,159 health centers across the nation (19 of which are in South Carolina) to enroll uninsured Americans in new health coverage options made available by the Affordable Care Act. With these funds, health centers are expected to hire an additional 2,900 outreach and eligibility assistance workers to assist millions of people nationwide with enrollment into affordable health coverage.

Health centers have a long history of providing eligibility assistance to patients along with delivering high-quality, primary health care services in communities across the nation.  Today, health centers serve more than 21 million patients annually. With these awards, which health centers in all 50 states have received, consumers will get help understanding their coverage options through the new Health Insurance Marketplace, Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program; determine their eligibility and what financial help they can get; and enroll in new affordable health coverage options.

19 Health Centers Receiving Awards in South Carolina:

Health Center City Award Amount
BEAUFORT-JASPER-HAMPTON COMPREHENSIVE HEALTH SERVICES, INCORPORATED Ridgeland $144,514
CARE SOUTH CAROLINA INC Hartsville $208,457
CAROLINA HEALTH CENTERS, INC. Greenwood $125,142
COMMUNITY MEDICINE FOUNDATION, INC. Rock Hill $98,435
EAU CLAIRE COOPERATIVE HEALTH CENTER Columbia $194,718
FAMILY HEALTH CENTERS, INC. Orangeburg $124,571
FOOTHILLS COMMUNITY HEALTH CARE, INC. Clemson $59,000
FRANKLIN C FETTER FAMILY HEALTH CENTER INC Charleston $167,009
HEALTH CARE PARTNERS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, INC. Conway $83,805
HOPEHEALTH INC Florence $155,899
LITTLE RIVER MEDICAL CENTER, INC. Little River $185,951
LOW COUNTRY HEALTH CARE SYSTEM INC Fairfax $99,040
NEW HORIZON FAMILY HEALTH SERVICES, INC Greenville $184,741
REGENESIS ORGANIZATION COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTER Spartanburg $98,556
RURAL HEALTH SERVICES INC Clearwater $100,613
SANDHILLS MEDICAL FOUNDATION McBee $88,062
SOUTH CAROLINA PRIMARY HEALTH CARE ASSOCIATION Columbia $76,061
ST JAMES SANTEE FAMILY HEALTH CENTER INC McClellanville $90,031
SUMTER FAMILY HEALTH CENTER

These awards, issued by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), complement and aligns with other federal efforts, such as the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services-funded Navigator program.

Today’s announcement is part of the administration’s larger effort to make applying for health coverage as easy as possible. The new, consumer-focused HealthCare.gov website and the 24-hour-a-day consumer call center help Americans prepare for open enrollment and ultimately sign up for health coverage.  These new tools will help Americans understand their coverage options and select the plan that best suits their needs when open enrollment in the new Health Insurance Marketplace begins October 1, 2013.

“Health centers are excited to help individuals in their communities  take advantage of the benefits of new health insurance coverage options that start in January, 2014,” said HRSA Administrator Mary Wakefield, Ph.D, R.N. “Having trained, face-to-face assistance in enrollment from trusted resources at local health centers means that more individuals will get the help they need.”

For a list of health centers receiving this funding, visit: http://www.hrsa.gov/about/news/2013tables/outreachandenrollment/.

To learn more about the Affordable Care Act, visit www.HealthCare.gov.  To learn more about HRSA’s Health Center Program, visit http://bphc.hrsa.gov/about/index.html.