The funds will be used to help low-income residents find assistance through the new federal health care law.
Thursday, July 11, 2013
A community health center in Roanoke is getting a federal grant to help spread the word about how low-income residents can find assistance through the new federal health care law.
New Horizons Healthcare will receive $87,083, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced Wednesday.
The money is part of a national effort by the Obama administration to make health care more accessible through the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
A total of $150 million was awarded to 1,159 health centers in all 50 states. New Horizons was the only center in the Roanoke and New River valleys on a list released by the government.
Statewide, 22 centers received a total of $2.5 million.
With the money, the Virginia centers will be able to hire about 50 additional workers to help people enroll in Medicaid, the government insurance program for the poor and disabled, and a new online marketplace that will offer private insurance at subsidized rates.
That system is expected to begin open enrollment Oct. 1.
— Laurence Hammack