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Cuellar announces grant to Atascosa Health Center Inc.
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar has announced a $120,215 grant award for the Atascosa Health Center Inc. in Pleasanton. Funding will assist local health centers in Texas enroll uninsured individuals and families in new coverage options available through the Affordable Care Act.
Monty Small, Chief Executive Officer of Atascosa Health Center Inc. said, “This grant will provide our five-county service area with two full-time outreach and enrollment (O/E) employees. These O/E specialists will serve as our community’s experts to enroll in a Qualified Health Plan (QHP) through the Federal Marketplace. They will be assisting our uninsured patients with Medicaid, Children Health Insurance Program if qualified. They will be responsible for reaching out to all uninsured individuals and supporting them through the enrollment process from October through March 2014. Forty-seven percent of our patients are uninsured. These funds will be very helpful in addressing our communities’ uninsured population.”
According to the U.S. Census’ report on Small Area Health Estimates, Wilson County has more than 8,500 uninsured residents or 22.8 percent of the total county population.
Cuellar concluded, “As many as 45,000 people nationwide die prematurely each year because they lack health insurance. And, the uninsured cost the government over $49 billion each year. This is unacceptable and we need to do better. I encourage the public to take advantage of the resources already available for them to get informed and ensure Americans are preparing to take advantage of new coverage opportunities under the Affordable Care Act.”
For more information, visit www.HealthCare.gov.
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