Oklahoma’s community health centers (CHCs), also known as Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) received $1,702,921 this week for outreach and enrollment activities. The funding, provided to eighteen organizations operating 73 sites, will assist nearly 44,000 Oklahomans enroll into affordable health insurance coverage and hire 38 additional workers. Oklahoma health centers provide primary medical, dental and behavioral health services to more than 147,000 Oklahomans.
“Helping Oklahomans understand their options and enroll in affordable coverage is extremely important during the changing health environment,” said Judy Grant, Interim Executive Director of Oklahoma Primary Care Association. “Since health centers are community-based organizations, they are positioned to provide the best care and information to their areas across the state.”
Health centers have a long history of providing outreach, enrollment and eligibility assistance to patients. Approximately $150 million nationwide will help CHCs provide in-person assistance to help understand their coverage options through the new Health Insurance Marketplace, Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program; determine their eligibility; and, enroll in new affordable health coverage options. The funding was made possible by the Affordable Care Act and issued by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), to complement and align with other efforts.
“This funding will help make the application process for health coverage as easy as possible on Oklahomans,” said Grant. “Trained, face-to-face assistance at community sites will help more people get what they need – affordable health care.”
Communities impacted by the funding include: Oklahoma City, Tulsa, Lawton, Porter, Muskogee, McAlester, Hartshorne, Konawa, Langston, Carney, Wetumka, Henryetta, Fairfax, Hominy, Newkirk, Ponca City, Tishomingo, Coalgate, Cherokee, Battiest, Idabel, Nowata, Hulbert, Tahlequah, Westville, Grandfield, Ft. Cobb, Del City, Tipton, Thomas, Clayton, Lindsay, Stigler, Eufaula, Poteau, Sallisaw, Checotah and Hollis.
Community health centers in Oklahoma work to improve the health of area residents by ensuring access to quality primary health care services. Health centers offer high quality health care to everyone – insured and uninsured - and offer a sliding fee scale to patients at or below 200% federal poverty level. For more information on CHCs in Oklahoma, visit www.okpca.org.
Posted on Fri, July 12, 2013
by Alison Williams