The HHS is offering $75 million to states to help them expand health insurance to the uninsured. Grants of between $2 million and $4 million will be awarded to states that target specific populations of the uninsured such as children, small businesses or seniors. And comprehensive grants will be made to states with more extensive coverage initiatives, in the amounts of $7 million to $10 million.
HHS offers grants to widen access to coverage
The funds are available through the federal Omnibus Appropriations Act, which was signed by the president on March 11, and will be administered by the HHS Health Resources and Services Administration. The grants are for one year, and can be extended for four additional years depending on fund availability, the HHS said.
States must provide 20% in matching funds to receive the money, according to the HHS. Some states may have that match waived if they show financial hardship. The application deadline is June 15.
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