Money is for Affordable Care Act outreach, enrollment

Staff report


One Health Ohio (formerly Ohio North East Health Systems Inc.), which operate clinics in Youngstown, Warren and Alliance, has received a $127,937 grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

The grant will be used to hire additional employees to assist with outreach and enrollment efforts for uninsured Ohioans eligible for new health-coverage options though the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

“I am pleased to announce that this grant will make it easier for Youngstown, Warren and Alliance residents to take full advantage of the Affordable Care Act and get the best health-care coverage available,” U.S. Rep. Timothy Ryan of Niles, D-13th, said in announcing the grant.

“The Affordable Care Act will be transformational for our state and country, and this grant will help Ohioans understand their options and receive the coverage they deserve,” he said.

The HHS announced that $150 million will be awarded to 1,159 community health centers across the United States.

Grants were awarded in all 50 states, and health centers are expected to hire 2,900 employees nationwide to assist in the Affordable Care Act outreach and enrollment efforts

Health centers serve 21 million people annually, enabling them to help many Americans understand the coverage options through the new Health Insurance Marketplace, Medicaid expansion and the Children’s Health Insurance Program, Ryan said.

These community health center grants, coupled with the new user-friendly website and the 24-hour-a-day consumer call center will give Ohioans and Americans the resources necessary to understand their health insurance options when open-enrollment for the Health Insurance Marketplace begins Oct. 1, and coverage begins Jan. 1, 2014, officials said.

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