Published July 11, 2013
The federal government has awarded nearly $2.4 million in grants to 19 S.C. health centers to enroll the uninsured for health insurance being offered under the Affordable Care Act.
The S.C. health centers operated from 157 sites and served 315,107 patients last year, 36% of whom were uninsured.
With the funding, the health centers expect to hire 45 additional workers, who will assist 41,000 South Carolinians with enrollment into affordable health insurance coverage, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Across the nation, 1,159 health centers will receive $150 million in grant awards.
“This investment will give South Carolina neighborhoods and towns one more resource to help people understand their insurance options and enroll in affordable coverage,” Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said in a news release.
The grants will enable health centers to help consumers understand coverage options in the health insurance marketplace, the agency said. The health center workers also will help people determine their eligibility for Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program, and financial assistance.
“I am pleased to see the community health centers will be playing a significant role in educating South Carolinians about their health insurance options,” said U.S. Rep. James Clyburn, D-S.C., in the release. “It is extremely important that the one in six South Carolinians who are uninsured sign up for these affordable health care plans, and many of these individuals currently receive their health care at community health centers.”
The awards, issued by the Health Resources and Services Administration, complement and align with other federal efforts, such as the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services-funded Navigator program.
Open enrollment in the new program begins Oct. 1.
Beaufort-Jasper-Hampton Comprehensive Health Services, Ridgeland, $144,514;
Care South Carolina, Hartsville, $208, 457;
Carolina Health Centers, Greenwood, $125,142;
Community Medicine Foundation, Rock Hill, $98,435;
Eau Claire Health Center, Columbia, $194,718;
Family Health Centers, Orangeburg, $124,571;
Foothills Community Healthcare, Clemson, $59,000;
Franklin Fetter Family Health Center, Charleston, $167,009;
Health Care Partners, Conway, $83,805;
HopeHealth Inc., Florence, $155,899;
Little River Medical Center, Little River, $185,951;
Lowcountry Health Care System, Fairfax, $99,040;
New Horizon Family Health, Greenville, $184,741;
Regenesis Organization Community Health Center, Spartanburg, $98,556;
Rural Health Services, Clearwater, $100,613;
Sandhills Medical Foundation, McBee, $88,062;
South Carolina Primary Health Care, Columbia, $76,061;
St. James Santee Family Health Center, McClellanville, $90,031;
Sumter Family Health Center, Sumter, $100,228.