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Congressman Richard E. Neal Announces $288,089 in Federal Grants for Community Health Centers in Western Massachusetts

July 15, 2013
Press Release
Springfield, Holyoke and Great Barrington to benefit
(WASHINGTON) Congressman Richard E. Neal today announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded $288,089 in outreach and enrollment grants to four community health centers in western Massachusetts. The federal assistance will help enroll uninsured Americans in new health coverage option s made available by the Affordable Care Act. The Caring Health Center in Springfield will receive $76,721; the City of Springfield, $60,705; the Holyoke Health Center, $79,266; and the Community Health Programs in Great Barrington, $71,397.
Massachusetts has 35 health centers with 293 sites that served 638,623 patients last year.
"You cannot overstate the importance of community health centers in western Massachusetts. For many individuals in our region, these centers are a dependable and accessible source of their primary care. With the passage of the Affordable Care Act, which ensures an additional 32 million Americans, local health centers will become even more critical. In addition to providing quality health care, these centers are also engines of economic activity and job creators. Today's announcement will help more patients get the local care they need," said Congressman Richard E. Neal.
With these awards, 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.
Health centers have a long history of providing eligibility assistance to patients along with delivering high-quality, primary health care in communities across the nation Today, health centers serve more than 21 million patients annually. These grants, issued by HHS's Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), compliment and align with other federal efforts, such as the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services-funded navigator program.