Washington, D.C. – Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following statement today on the announcement by the Department of Health and Human Services that it will award $150 million in grants to community health centers across the country to help uninsured Americans enroll in the Affordable Care Act’s health insurance marketplaces:
“Today, the Department of Health and Human Services announced essential investments in the health and economic security of millions of Americans by ensuring community health centers can help Americans access critical provisions and protections of the Affordable Care Act. Serving more than 21 million patients a year, community health centers are invaluable partners in caring for families, treating illnesses, and making this landmark law a success.
“Community health centers have a long-standing history of providing exemplary medical care and eligibility assistance to patients in their communities. With these grants, 1,159 centers, including four in San Francisco, will have the support they need to hire additional outreach workers to assist millions of people in finding coverage in their state’s new health insurance marketplaces. More trained, face-to-face support at local health centers will play a critical role in ensuring more Americans get the health care they deserve.
“The grants for community health centers are just one part of a comprehensive effort to make applying for health coverage easy, simple, and secure. As we approach the beginning of open enrollment season on October 1st, we will continue to provide the necessary tools, information, and support to ensure that millions of uninsured Americans will have access to the affordable, quality health insurance the Affordable Care Act is designed to provide.”