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25 Alaska Health Centers named eligible by HHS to apply for $1.8 million of $150 million in grants for enrollment assistance

Health care law provides $150 million for enrollment assistance by health centers nationwide

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius today announced new funds to help more uninsured Americans enroll in affordable health insurance coverage made available by the Affordable Care Act. In Alaska an estimated $1,777,578 is available to support 25 health centers’ enrollment efforts. 

Nationwide, funding of approximately $150 million will expand the efforts at community health centers to provide in-person assistance to help enroll uninsured individuals into affordable health insurance coverage. 

“Health centers have extensive experience providing eligibility assistance to patients, are providing care to 98,568 individuals in Alaska communities, and are well-positioned to support enrollment efforts,” Secretary Sebelius said.  “Investing in health centers for outreach and enrollment assistance provides one more way the Obama Administration is helping consumers understand their options and enroll in affordable coverage.”

With these new funds, health centers will be able to hire new staff, train existing staff, and conduct community outreach events and other educational activities.  Health centers will help consumers understand their coverage options, determine their eligibility, and enroll in new affordable health insurance options.  

Community health center staff will provide unbiased information to consumers about health insurance, the new Health Insurance Marketplace, qualified health plans, and Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program.

This funding opportunity was issued by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), and it complements 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 insurance as easy as possible.  For example, last week, we released a single, streamlined application that was shortened from 21 to 3 pages.  We are committed to providing the type of assistance that Americans need to ensure that they have access to affordable health care.

“Health centers work in communities across the country, giving them a unique opportunity to reach the uninsured in their communities and help connect them with the benefits of health insurance coverage under the health care law,” said HRSA Administrator Mary Wakefield, Ph.D, R.N.

HRSA’s community health center program includes more than 1,200 health centers that operate nearly 9,000 service delivery sites nationwide and serve approximately 21 million patients each year.

Alaska: Health Center Outreach & Enrollment Assistance
Supplemental Funding Opportunity: Eligible Health Centers 

Estimated Total: 25 awards totaling $1,777,578 

Health Center City
ALASKA ISLAND COMMUNITY SERVICES Wrangell
ALEUTIAN PRIBILOF ISLAND ASSOCIATIONS Anchorage
ANCHORAGE NEIGHBORHOOD HEALTH CENTER Anchorage
BETHEL FAMILY CLINIC Bethel
BRISTOL BAY AREA HEALTH CORPORATION Dillingham
BRISTOL BAY BOROUGH Naknek
COUNCIL OF ATHABASCAN TRIBAL GOVERNMENT Fort Yukon
CROSS ROAD MEDICAL CENTER Glennallen
EASTERN ALEUTIAN TRIBES, INC. Anchorage
ILIULIUK FAMILY AND HEALTH SERVICES, INC. Unalaska
INTERIOR COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTER Fairbanks
KODIAK ISLAND HEALTH CARE FOUNDATION Kodiak
MANILLAQ ASSOCIATION Kotzebue
MAT-SU HEALTH SERVICES, INC. Wasilla
MUNICIPALITY OF SKAGWAY Skagway
NATIVE VILLAGE OF EYAK Cordova
NORTON SOUND HEALTH CORPORATION Nome
PENINSULA COMMUNITY HEALTH SERVICES OF ALASKA, INC. Soldotna
SELDOVIA VILLAGE TRIBE Seldovia
SOUTHCENTRAL FOUNDATION Anchorage
SOUTHEAST ALASKA REGIONAL HEALTH CONSORT Sitka
SUNSHINE COMMUNITY HEALTH  CENTER, INC. Talkeetna
TANANA CHIEFS CONFERENCE Fairbanks
YAKUTAT TLINGIT TRIBE Yakutat
YUKON KUSKOKWIM HEALTH CORPORATION Bethel

For information on applying for this funding opportunity visit http://bphc.hrsa.gov/outreachandenrollment/.

Open enrollment in the Health Insurance Marketplace begins October 1, 2013.  To learn more visit http://www.HealthCare.gov/marketplace.

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