May 10—The Health Resources and Services Administration will issue approximately $150 million to help community health centers provide in-person enrollment assistance to uninsured individuals nationwide, U.S. Department of Health and Humans Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced in a release.

With the funds, eligible health centers can hire new staff, train existing staff, and conduct community outreach events and other educational activities, to help consumers understand their coverage options, determine their eligibility, and enroll in new Affordable Care Act (ACA) health insurance options, according to the release. The centers’ staff will provide unbiased information to consumers about the new health insurance marketplace, qualified health plans, and Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program, the release said.

The centers’ extensive experience providing eligibility assistance to patients makes them well-positioned to support enrollment efforts, Sebelius said. About 1,200 health centers operate nearly 9,000 service delivery sites nationwide and serve approximately 21 million patients each year, according to the release. Applications for community health centers to receive the funding are due on May 31.

Publication Date: Friday, May 10, 2013