By Natasha Robinson, MPCA Communications Specialist
Nearly 70 new outreach and enrollment workers will be hired at Michigan Health Centers to help enroll 100,000 uninsured Michiganders in health insurance programs, and the Michigan Primary Care Association (MPCA) will receive funding to support those efforts.
The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) funded 31 Health Centers across the state with awards ranging from $59,000 to $269,056. The Health Centers plan to hire 69 new outreach and enrollment staff and assist nearly 100,000 people with enrollment into affordable health insurance programs. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said the supplemental funding, issued by HRSA, complements and aligns with other federal efforts, such as the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services-funded Navigator Program.
“Health Centers already are a hub in their communities for providing comprehensive primary and preventive health care, connecting residents to local resources, and much more,” said MPCA Chief Executive Officer Kim Sibilsky. “We are pleased that Michigan Health Centers will be able to hire so many outreach and enrollment workers who will infuse their local communities with hands-on help to educate Michiganders about the Affordable Care Act and to enroll them in affordable health care coverage. MPCA is also glad to receive supplemental funds to support and coordinate outreach and enrollment efforts at the Health Centers. ”
MPCA will receive $139,564 in supplemental funding from HRSA to ensure that Health Centers have timely and necessary information about their state’s consumer assistance training requirements and rollout of new affordable insurance options; coordinate Health Center outreach and enrollment activities with other consumer assistance efforts in the state; provide technical assistance and training on effective Health Center outreach and enrollment strategies; and monitor successes and barriers to health center outreach and enrollment activities.
The Health Center’s trained application assisters will help consumers with enrollment in Medicaid, MI Child, and Health Insurance Marketplace plans. More than 100 Health Center staff across the state already assist Michiganders access health coverage. Nationally, 1,159 Health Centers were awarded $150 million in supplemental funding.
“Having trained, face-to-face assistance in enrollment from trusted resources at local Health Centers means that more people will get the help they need,” said HRSA Administrator Mary Wakefield, PhD, RN.
Genesee Community Health Center Chief Executive Officer Tim Lawther said they are thrilled to receive nearly $62,000 to help Flint’s most vulnerable residents enroll in health insurance programs like Medicaid and the new Health Insurance Marketplace.
“Over 90 percent of our patients without any health insurance will qualify for this expanded care under the Affordable Care Act, and we expect to help at least 9,000 of our most at-risk neighbors get connected to the help they need so that their families can lead better, healthier lives,” Lawther said.
Visit http://1.usa.gov/12r2chQ for a chart that lists the Health Centers receiving funds.