Engel: Grants help New Yorkers get affordable health insurance

Congressman Eliot Engel announced $1.4 million in grants to 56 heath centers across New York State from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to expand programs to enroll people in health care plans under the Affordable Care Act.

“Three District health centers here in the 16th Congressional District  will receive $883,607 in grants,” said Rep. Engel, “including the Mount Vernon Neighborhood Health Center, which will get $608,868, Montefiore Medical Center, $81,253, and the Bronx Community Health Network, $193,486.”  

Rep. Engel, a senior member of the Health Subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce, said, “With these awards, health centers can meet immediate needs, including expanding outreach hours and hiring new or temporary outreach and enrollment assistance workers.

“The Affordable Care Act will allow millions of uninsured Americans health care coverage to help them achieve a healthier life. It will eventually save billions in health care costs by treating diseases before they become chronic and require even more expensive care.”

The outreach centers will enable New Yorkers to have personal enrollment assistance from trusted local health centers. This allows more individuals to get the help they need to sign up by the end of the open enrollment period on March 31, 2014, aid Rep. Engel.

For more than 45 years, federally-supported health centers have provided comprehensive, quality primary health care services to medically underserved communities and vulnerable populations. The centers are community-based and patient-directed organizations that serve populations with limited access to health care.