Gering Health Center to receive enrollment funds

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) _ The federal government has awarded nearly $700,000 to six Nebraska health centers, including one in Gering, to help people with health care enrollment.

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced the grants Wednesday. About $150 million is being awarded nationwide.

Jeff Tracy with Community Action Partnership of Western Nebraska (CAPWN) tells KNEB News they will receive $100,000 to hire two outreach personnel to help people understand coverage options and get enrolled in the new health exchange or in Medicaid.

Tracy said they are already doing interviews for the two new hires from the new funding. Statewide, the funding will allow the centers to hire a total 13 additional people with an expectation that they will help about 23,000 people enroll into health coverage.

Tracy also stresses that under the health care law, states must have a health exchange, with enrollment starting Oct. 1 and coverage on Jan. 1.

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