Senators Mark Udall (D-Colo.) and Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) urged 17 Colorado community health centers to apply for funds from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services made available today to help uninsured patients enroll for affordable health insurance coverage. HHS is allocating $150 million -- $3,009,204 for Colorado -- for community health centers around the country to help more Americans receive affordable health insurance under the Affordable Care Act.
"Community health centers provide critical services for hardworking Coloradans who rely on their health to provide for their families," Udall said. "These funds will help community health centers around the state ensure more Coloradans are aware of their options for affordable health coverage and how to access those services to keep their families healthy."
"Community health centers play a crucial role in providing access to critical health services across Colorado," Bennet said. "These new resources will help ensure that Colorado families understand their options for health coverage, determine their eligibility for different plans, and enroll in new affordable insurance options available to them. We look forward to working with these health centers to ensure they have the tools they need to serve Colorado."
The HHS funds are expected to go toward hiring new staff, training existing staff and conducting community outreach and educational activities. The community health centers eligible for the funds are:
Clinica Campesina Family Health Services, Lafayette
Colorado Coalition for the Homeless, Denver
Denver Health and Hospital Authority, Denver
Dolores County Health Association, Dove Creek
High Plains Community Health Center, Lamar
Metro Community Provider Network, Englewood
Mountain Family Health Center, Nederland
Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association, Inc., Craig
Olathe Community Clinic, Inc., Olathe
Peak Vista Community Health Centers, Colorado Springs
Plains Medical Center, Inc., Limon
Plan De Salud Del Valle, Inc., Fort Lupton
Pueblo Community Health Center, Inc., Pueblo
Sunrise Community Health, Evans
Uncompahgre Combined Clinics, Norwood
University of Colorado Denver, Aurora
Valley-Wide Health Systems, Inc., Alamosa
For information on applying for this funding opportunity, visit HHS's website page for the program.