Health and Human Services gives $1.5 million to Connecticut health centers

Community health centers in Connecticut will get more than $1.5 million in grant money to help fund effort to enroll those without health coverage in insurance programs. The funding was part of the Affordable Care Act, which aims to have most Americans covered by 2014.

Today, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius today announced that health centers throughout the country will get a total of about $150 million. With these new funds, health centers will be able to hire new staff, train existing staff, and conduct community outreach events and other educational activities.  Health centers will help consumers understand their coverage options, determine their eligibility, and enroll in new affordable health insurance options.

In Connecticut, an estimated $1,546,149 is available to support 13 health centers’ enrollment efforts.

“Health centers have extensive experience providing eligibility assistance to patients, are providing care to 329,009 individuals in Connecticut communities, and are well-positioned to support enrollment efforts,” Secretary Sebelius said in a press release.  “Investing in health centers for outreach and enrollment assistance provides one more way the Obama Administration is helping consumers understand their options and enroll in affordable coverage.”

To see a list of health centers eligible to apply for this funding in Connecticut visit

For information on applying for this funding opportunity visit

Open enrollment in the Health Insurance Marketplace begins October 1, 2013.  To learn more visit

Amanda Cuda