Today, Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) announced $3,387,083 in grant awards from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to New Jersey health centers to enroll the uninsured in new health coverage options made available by the Affordable Care Act. New Jersey's health centers served 467,913 patients last year, 43 percent of whom were uninsured. The health centers in New Jersey that are awarded these funds expect to hire 69 additional workers, who will assist 73,201 people with enrollment into affordable health insurance coverage.
"Community health centers are an absolutely essential tool in expanding coverage to 30 million more Americans as part of the Affordable Care Act, and these grants will be instrumental in New Jersey's effort," said Congressman Pallone. "With these awards, uninsured consumers will get help understanding their coverage options through the new Health Insurance Marketplace, Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program."
The following grants will be awarded in New Jersey's Sixth Congressional District:
$117,619 to Monmouth Family Health Center in Long Branch
$180,649 to the Jewish Renaissance Medical Center in Perth Amboy
$138,849 to the UMDNJ -- Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in Piscataway
$100,635 to Visiting Nurse Association of Central Jersey Community Health in Asbury Park
"Community health centers attend to the unique health needs of hard-to-reach populations and have a significant impact by improving health in our communities. These health centers provide a fundamental value and a huge return on investment to the health care system and the country as a whole," added Pallone.
The grants to New Jersey came as part of a larger $150 million awarded by HHS to health centers in all 50 states to help individuals apply for health coverage. For a full list of health centers receiving this funding, click here.