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WASHINGTON D.C. (NEWS RELEASE) - Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius today announced $150 million in grant awards to 1,159 health centers across the nation to enroll uninsured Americans in new health coverage options made available by the Affordable Care Act.  Speaking at the Mountain Park Health Center in Phoenix, Ariz., later today, the Secretary will highlight that, with these funds, health centers are expected to hire an additional 2,900 outreach and eligibility assistance workers to assist millions of people nationwide with enrollment into affordable health coverage.

HHS Secretary Sebelius said, "Investing in health centers means that people in neighborhoods and towns across the country have one more resource to help them understand their insurance options and enroll in affordable coverage."

Health centers have a long history of providing eligibility assistance to patients along with delivering high-quality, primary health care services in communities across the nation.  Today, health centers serve more than 21 million patients annually.

With these awards, which health centers in all 50 states have received, consumers will get help understanding their coverage options through the new Health Insurance Marketplace, Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program; determine their eligibility and what financial help they can get; and enroll in new affordable health coverage options.

These awards, issued by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), complement and align with other federal efforts, such as the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services-funded Navigator program.

Today's announcement is part of the administration's 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 Oct. 1, 2013.

"Health centers are excited to help individuals in their communities take advantage of the benefits of new health insurance coverage options that start January 2014," said HRSA Administrator Mary Wakefield, Ph.D, R.N. "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."

West Virginia recipients:

Health CenterCityAward Amount
BELINGTON COMMUNITY MEDICAL SERVICES ASSOCIATION Belington $75,434
BLUESTONE HEALTH ASSOCIATION, INC. Princeton $96,004
CABIN CREEK HEALTH SYSTEMS, INC. Dawes $108,885
CAMDEN-ON-GAULEY MEDICAL CENTER, INC. Camden On Gauley $74,884
CHANGE, INCORPORATED Weirton $73,993
CLAY-BATTELLE HEALTH SERVICES ASSOCIATION Blacksville $74,334
Community Care of West Virginia, Inc. Rock Cave $123,570
COMMUNITY HEALTH SYSTEMS, INC. Beckley $122,085
E A HAWSE HEALTH CENTER Baker $96,224
LINCOLN COUNTY PRIMARY CARE CENTER, INC. Hamlin $94,798
MINNIE HAMILTON HEALTH CARE CENTER Grantsville $78,855
MONONGAHELA VALLEY ASSOCIATION OF HEALTH CENTERS, INC Fairmont $79,284
Monroe County Health Department Union $90,086
NEW RIVER HEALTH ASSOCIATION, INC. Scarbro $132,271
PENDLETON COMMUNITY CARE, INC. Franklin $72,002
PRESTON TAYLOR COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTER Grafton $91,098
RAINELLE MEDICAL CENTER Rainelle $68,856
RITCHIE COUNTY PRIMARY CARE ASSOC., INC. Harrisville $79,075
ROANE FAMILY HEALTH CARE Spencer $54,000
SHENANDOAH VALLEY MEDICAL SYSTEM, INCORPORATED Martinsburg $143,238
ST. GEORGE MEDICAL CLINIC INC Parsons $67,932
Tug River Health Association, Inc Gary $90,053
VALLEY HEALTH CARE, INC Mill Creek $80,813
Valley Health Systems, Inc. Huntington $229,863
WIRT COUNTY HEALTH SERVICE ASSOCIATION, INC Elizabeth $85,257
WOMENCARE, INC. Scott Depot $121,909

Virginia recipients:

Health CenterCityAward Amount
ALEXANDRIA NEIGHBORHOOD HEALTH SERVICE INC Alexandria $166,459
BLUE RIDGE MEDICAL CENTER INC Arrington $90,603
CENTRAL VIRGINIA HEALTH SERVICES, INC. New Canton $266,020
CLINCH RIVER HEALTH SERVICES, INCORPORATED Dungannon $70,594
DAILY PLANET INC Richmond $109,820
EASTERN SHORE RURAL HEALTH SYSTEMS INC Nassawadox $132,315
GREATER PRINCE WILLIAM COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTER, INC. Woodbridge $123,427
HARRISONBURG COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTER, INC. Harrisonburg $88,040
HIGHLAND MEDICAL CENTER Monterey $63,686
HORIZON HEALTH SERVICES INC Waverly $70,011
JOHNSON HEALTH CENTER Madison Heights $81,517
KUUMBA COMMUNITY HEALTH & WELLNESS CENTER, INC. Roanoke $87,083
LOUDOUN COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTER Leesburg $108,709
MARTINSVILLE HENRY COUNTY COALITION FOR HEALTH AND WELLNESS Martinsville $76,633
PENINSULA INSTITUTE FOR COMMUNITY HEALTH, INC Newport News $219,864
PIEDMONT ACCESS TO HEALTH SERVICES INC Danville $114,946
PORTSMOUTH COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTER, INC. Portsmouth $106,544
RICHMOND, CITY OF Richmond $98,809
SOUTHERN DOMINION HEALTH SYSTEMS, INC. Victoria $100,888
SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA COMMUNITY HEALTH SYSTEMS, INCORPORATED Saltville $132,183
ST CHARLES HEALTH COUNCIL INC Pennington Gap $111,228
TRI-AREA COMMUNITY HEALTH Laurel Fork $81,649
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