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HHS to provide $1.7 million to Kansas to help people sign up for health plans

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Thursday, May 9, 2013, at 10:58 a.m.
  • Updated Sunday, July 14, 2013, at 6:20 a.m.

The Department of Health and Human Services is allocating about $1.7 million for Kansas health centers to assist people select health insurance plans on the new online health insurance marketplace, which will be offered as part of the Affordable Care Act, according to a news release.

Under the law, most people will be required to purchase health insurance. For those with lower household incomes, federal subsidies may be available to help offset costs.

The HHS funds are intended to go toward hiring staff, training current staff and conducting community outreach and educational activities.

The centers will provide options for people, determine eligibility for plans or subsidies, and help with enrollment, according to the release.

The funding will go toward 16 centers in Kansas:

• Center for Health and Wellness, Wichita

• GraceMed Health Clinic, Wichita

• Hunter Health Clinic, Wichita

• Health Ministries Clinic, Newton

• Prairiestar Health Center, Hutchinson

• Lyon County Health Department, Emporia

• Community Health Center of Southeast Kansas, Pittsburg

• First Care Clinic, Hays

• Heart of Kansas Family Health Care, Great Bend

• United Methodist Western Kansas, Garden City

• Salina Health Education Foundation, Salina

• Heartland Medical Clinic, Lawrence

• Health Partnership Clinic, Overland Park

• Shawnee County Health Agency, Topeka

• Kansas State Department of Health and Environment, Topeka

• Konza Prairie Community Health Center, Junction City

Nationwide, about $150 million is being provided to community health centers to help provide assistance in navigating the new marketplace.

Open enrollment in the marketplace is slated to begin Oct. 1.

For more information, visit www.HealthCare.gov/marketplace.

Reach Kelsey Ryan at 316-269-6752 or kryan@wichitaeagle.com.

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