The Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health announced $3.2 million in grant awards to 13 organizations to help support health coverage enrollment of racial and ethnic minorities, according to a news release. The new Partnerships to Increase Coverage in Communities Initiative will help identify and enroll minority populations in the Health Insurance Marketplace. Information on financial assistance, education and translation services to support health insurance enrollment is also funded through the PICC grant awards.
Racial and ethnic minorities have lower rates of health insurance coverage than the national average and stand to benefit greatly from the Affordable Care Act, J. Nadine Gracia, MD, MSCE, deputy assistant secretary for minority health and director of the Office of Minority Health, said in the release. Grantees under the Partnerships to Increase Coverage in Communities Initiative will play a critical role in connecting eligible, underserved minorities to coverage that meets their needs and the needs of their families.
The PICC Initiative awards will support organizations, partnerships and coalitions in developing culturally competent and linguistically appropriate services designed to reach racial and ethnic minorities and underserved communities.
The PICC Initiative awardees include:
AltaMed Health Services Corporation, Los Angeles $249,898
Benefits Data Trust, Philadelphia $247,268
Bexar County Hospital District as University Health System, San Antonio $236,394
Chicago Family Health Center, Inc., Chicago $250,000
Gateway to Care, Houston $250,000
Jessie Trice Community Health Center Inc., Miami $250,000
My Brothers Keeper, Inc., Ridgeland, Miss. $250,000
National Alliance for Hispanic Health, Washington, D.C. $248,731
National Association of Hispanic Nurses, Little Rock, Ark. $250,000
Neighborcare Health, Seattle $242,640
New Hampshire Voices for Health, Concord, N.H. $241,166
The Dannon Project, Birmingham, Ala. $250,000
University of Massachusetts Boston $237,816
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