HHS sends $940K to community health centers to enroll more
WITH A $942,513 grant to community health centers in Rhode Island, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services expects that nearly 20,000 people will be enrolled in health care coverage that are not today.
By Meg Sullivan PBN Staff Writer
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services awarded $941,513 in grants to Rhode Island health centers, department Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced Wednesday. Across the nation, 1,159 community health centers will benefit from $150 million in grant awards. The awards will help centers enroll uninsured citizens in new coverage options.
“Too many of our citizens cannot access or afford quality medical care, so providing options for these individuals is a priority for me, for my colleagues in the Rhode Island delegation and for the administration,” U.S. Rep. James R. Langevin said in prepared remarks.
Last year Rhode Island’s eight health centers served 134,905 visitors, with 32 percent of them uninsured.
“These critical resources will help ensure more Rhode Island families can enjoy access to quality, affordable health care services,” said U.S. Rep. David N. Cicilline. “Along with Congressman Langevin, I will continue standing up and advocating to bring important federal resources back to our state to get things done for Rhode Islanders.”
The nearly $1 million in awards will support health centers as they help Rhode Islanders understand their options in the state’s new health insurance market place, the R.I. Health Benefits Exchange. Centers will also help determine Rhode Islanders’ eligibility for other programs, such as Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program.
Centers benefiting from the grant expect to hire 21 additional employees and help 19,650 citizens enroll in affordable health coverage.
The Rhode Island community health centers receiving grants are:
Blackstone Valley Community Health Care Inc., Pawtucket, $107,213
Comprehensive Community Action, Cranston, $114,275
East Bay Community Action Program, Newport, $94,739
Northwest Community Health Care, Pascoag, $80,406
Providence Community Health Centers Inc., Providence, $193,354