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Rep. Yarmuth Announces More Than $535,000 to Help Enroll Uninsured Louisvillians in New Health Coverage

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman John Yarmuth (KY-3) announced a federal investment of more than $535,000 for Louisville-based community health centers to help uninsured Louisvillians enroll in kynect, the Kentucky health care exchange, and Medicaid. The historic expansion of coverage, which will enable more than 600,000 uninsured Kentuckians to access care, is a key component of the Affordable Care Act.

Louisville’s two community health centers, Family Health Centers, Inc. and Park DuValle Community Health Center, will receive $309,000 and $227,795, respectively, under this one-year grant. The investment will help the nonprofit health providers implement comprehensive outreach and enrollment programs to help uninsured individuals and families gain access to health care coverage under the law.

“For years, pre-existing conditions and high premiums have prevented far too many Kentuckians from getting the health care they need. But beginning on January 1, more than half a million uninsured Kentuckians – including 100,000 Louisvillians – will finally have access to affordable, high-quality health insurance,” Congressman Yarmuth said. “Family Health Centers and Park DuValle will be able to use the federal investments announced today to walk Louisvillians through all their options so they can choose the best health coverage for themselves and their families.”

Family Health Centers will hire eight outreach workers to provide direct assistance to patients and community members enrolling in Medicaid or purchasing health care coverage through kynect.  The nonprofit agency expects to provide enrollment assistance to 12,000 Louisvillians under this program in the first year alone.

“We want people to know that Family Health Centers is here to help,” said Bill Wagner, Executive Director of Family Health Centers. “Beginning on October 1, 2013 we will have staff in place to help anyone, not just our patients, apply for health care coverage. We have a lot of work ahead of us in the coming months. There are so many people who will benefit from having affordable health care coverage, and we will be working very hard to make sure we get as many enrolled as possible.”

Park DuValle Community Health Center will also hire new outreach workers.

“We are delighted to receive these grant funds to support our efforts to expand access to health care coverage,” said Dr. Anthony Omojasola, Park DuValle’s Chief Executive Officer. “Park DuValle plans on hiring five outreach and enrollment workers to connect patients and community members with health insurance that is affordable for them.”

Under the Commonwealth’s Medicaid expansion, approximately half of Kentucky’s uninsured – or 308,000 people – will be eligible for Medicaid. The remaining 332,000 Kentuckians will be eligible to purchase coverage through kynect.  

The investment is part of $150 million the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services awarded to community health centers nationwide to help enroll the uninsured as the Affordable Care Act is implemented.

Family Health Centers is a nonprofit community health center established by the Louisville-Jefferson County Board of Health in 1976 to provide residents of Louisville and Jefferson County access to high-quality primary and preventive health care services without regard to the ability to pay. Family Health Centers is the largest safety-net primary care provider in the state, providing services to more than 42,000 individuals annually through a network of seven health center locations throughout Louisville Metro.

Park DuValle Community Health Centers is an independent nonprofit organization in operation since 1968. Park DuValle operates four health center locations, including one in Spencer County, and is committed to improving health, wellness, and the quality of life in the communities it serves by providing safe, high-quality, accessible, and affordable preventive and primary health care.

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