Payne Announces Grants to Local Health Centers

Jul 10, 2013 Issues: Health Care

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Donald M. Payne, Jr. (NJ-10) announced that the Health Resources and Services Administration will award $3,387,083 in grants to health centers across the state of New Jersey, including $535,470 to four health centers in Hudson, Union, and Essex Counties. These grants were part of an announcement today by the Department of Health and Human Services that it will award $150 million in grants to community health centers across the country.

“I am so pleased to announce these much needed resources to our health centers in our state,” said Rep. Payne, Jr. “Health centers serve a valuable purpose in our communities, providing access to primary health care for millions of uninsured and underinsured across the country.  This additional investment will be critical to maintaining this level of care and helping people understand their coverage options under the Affordable Care Act.”

Today, health centers serve more than 21 million patients annually. New Jersey has 20 health centers with 125 sites that served 467,913 patients last year, over 43 percent of them uninsured. With their Outreach and Enrollment funding, it is expected that the health centers in New Jersey receiving grants will hire 69 additional workers, who will assist 73,201 people with enrollment into affordable health insurance coverage.

“The surest way to invest in our future is to invest in the health of our country,” Rep. Payne, Jr. continued. “Not only is this an investment in preventative care and health accessibility that will save money down the road, it will create jobs and take us one step closer to the better quality of life that we all deserve.”

Today’s announcement is part of a broader 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.

For a list of health centers in New Jersey receiving this funding, visit: https://www.hrsa.gov/about/news/2013tables/outreachandenrollment/nj.html.   

To learn more about the Affordable Care Act, visit www.HealthCare.gov.  To learn more about HRSA’s Health Center Program, visit https://bphc.hrsa.gov/about/index.html.

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