Last week, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced $150 million in fiscal year (FY) 2014 Health Center New Access Point grant awards, which will go to 236 new community health centers across the country. These grants, which were initiated in FY 2011, support the establishment of new, full-time permanent (operational a minimum of 40 hours per week) health care delivery sites.
This round of grants is projected to increase health centers’ capacity to serve an additional 1.25 million patients nationwide in areas where there currently are unmet health care needs. Since 2009, the number of patients health centers serve has increased by 4 million! Increasing the number of locations where individuals can access care supports health centers’ overall mission to provide comprehensive, culturally competent, quality primary care health services to those in need.
Community health centers are a trusted community resource for the over 22 million lower-income individuals they serve across the country.
Health centers also play a critical role in helping to ensure uninsured Americans are aware of their new coverage options for low- or no-cost insurance beginning January 1, 2014. The Affordable Care Act allocated $11 billion over five years to community health centers, which includes roughly $150 million for 1,159 health centers to conduct outreach and enrollment assistance.
This outreach and enrollment work is no small task! Learn more about these strategies on outreach and enrollment for community health centers. And soon, Enroll America will release a help-finder tool that will allow individuals interested in newly available health insurance options to search for community health centers providing outreach and enrollment assistance in their community. Stay tuned!