Advocates are planning to hit laundromats, hair salons and even hospital emergency rooms in Palm Beach County in search of uninsured residents who may benefit from President Barack Obama’s health care law.
If the controversial effort to insure an additional 30 million Americans is going to succeed, people who live on the margins, who have little information about the law, must sign up.
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Money for outreach
Three Palm Beach County-based health centers received grants to help residents enroll in health care under the Affordable Care Act. The Department of Health and Human Services awarded the grants based on the belief that health care centers are already an integral part of the community, equipped to work with the local uninsured and trusted to offer assistance.
They grant recipients are:
Health Care District of Palm Beach County
Grant total: $409,878
The health district plans to hire six full-time workers and enroll about 3,000 people.
Genesis Community Health Inc. in Boynton Beach
Grant total: $64,918
This faith-based clinic plans to hire two full-time workers and enroll about 900 residents.
The Florida Community Health Center Inc., based in West Palm Beach.
Grant total: $173,653.
It plans to hire three workers and enroll about 2,550.