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The HHS Provides Healthcare Grants to Help with Cost of Health Insurance

July 15th, 2013 - By Andrey Ostashko

TL;DR
The Department of Health and Human Services announces huge grants to various organizations to help with the cost of health insurance. The group hopes to increase the number of enrolled children in healthcare by the year 2012.

Affordability of Healthcare

Health insurance is essential in today’s world but not always affordable. Cost should not be a barrier for something as vital as healthcare. Programs such as the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and Medicaid are designed to offer insurance for individuals with low income and resources.

In order to encourage enrollment in these programs, the Department of Health and Human Services announced that they’ll provide $32 million in grants to various organizations. The grants will be used to hire new staff, reduce literacy and language barriers, and use new healthcare IT to develop and update outreach strategies.

The Arizona Medicaid Program and Pima Community Access Program previously worked together to establish a CHIP hotline that enrolled 26,000 additional children in 6 months. According to the CDC, the rate of uninsured children decreased from 8.9% to 6.6% between 2008 and 2012. This gives hope that the new grants will assist in enrollment as well.

Author: Apoorva Anupindi

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