On 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|
|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.
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