In a conference call today, Health and Human Services (HHS) announced $2.3 million in grant awards to 17 Arizona community health centers to help uninsured people enroll in health coverage options made available by the Affordable Care Act. The 17 community health centers operate 140 facilities across Arizona.
The funds are being released today and the health centers will start hiring outreach workers soon. The outreach workers will receive training in August. Each health center had to submit a work plan for their outreach, which will include activities in and around their facilities.
In Arizona, community health centers served over 423,000 patients last year, 27 percent of whom were uninsured. With the funds, the health centers will hire around 45 additional workers who are expected to assist over 60,000 Arizonans with enrollment into affordable health insurance coverage.
Many uninsured people will get enrolled in AHCCCS (Arizona’s Medicaid program). Many children will be enrolled in CHIP (Children’s Health Insurance Program). And others will buy health insurance through the state health insurance exchange and will be eligible for help with their premiums.
Here is a list of Arizona Community Health Centers that received funding for Outreach and Enrollment.