Bronx Groups Awarded Funding to Help with Obamacare Enrollment

Jul 10, 2013 Issues: Health, Health Care Reform, The Bronx

Washington, DC – July 10, 2013 – Today, Congressman José E. Serrano announced that five institutions in the Bronx had been awarded more than $850,000 total to help Bronx residents with enrollment in the health care options under the Affordable Care Act. The grants will be used to hire outreach and eligibility assistance workers and are part of $7.2 million awarded in New York State for the program.

“The funding announced today by HRSA is precisely what the Bronx needs—coordinated and expert help for people to understand what assistance they can get from Obamacare in 2014,” said Congressman Serrano. “The institutions selected in our community have proven track records of helping people and are trusted by people in our borough. They will be excellent guides for individuals exploring the new options for health care coverage under Obamacare .”

The institutions  and amounts awarded are as follows:

·         Bronx Community Health Network -- $193,486

·         Bronx Lebanon Integrated Service System -- $194,399

·         Montefiore Medical Center -- $81,253

·         Morris Heights Health Center -- $203,265

·         Urban Health Plan Inc. -- $190,890

“And while this program, like the ‘navigators’ program, will provide personal counseling and advice to people in our neighborhood, I urge people to begin exploring their options today via the website or the 24-hour-a-day call center at 1-800-318-2596,” Congressman Serrano added. “Getting educated on what the law will mean for you is the single most important step people can take at this time. Both the website and the phone line have Spanish and other languages available.”

The awards, according to the administration, will complement the “navigators” program, which is funded through the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. This program will also help determine an individual’s eligibility for Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program; any financial help they can get; and enroll them in new affordable health coverage options. 

The Department of Health and Human Services noted that “In New York, 57 health centers operating 591 sites served 1,588,439 patients last year, 23 percent of whom were uninsured. With these funds, the awardees expect to hire 133 additional workers, who will assist 137,637 New Yorkers with enrollment into affordable health insurance coverage.”

“As we move towards full implementation of the Affordable Care Act, it is important that our community gets all the help possible to ensure that not a single person misses out on benefits under the law,” Congressman Serrano concluded. “We will see many people who were without health care options find that they have insurance and support. This is a huge step forward for our nation and for our community. The grants awarded today are a step in the path towards a healthier Bronx.”