The HHS has awarded $70.9 million to 13 states to expand health coverage to the uninsured. The five-year grants, which require a 20% match from states unless they can show financial hardship, are funded under a new State Health Access Program. The program is an outgrowth of the HHS's state planning grant program that operated from 2000 to 2007, according to the agency.
Colorado, Kansas, Maine, Minnesota, Nevada, North Carolina, Oregon, Texas, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin and New York were awarded the funding.
“These grants build on the success of the earlier program,” said HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, in a press release. “They will help more states provide affordable insurance to specific uninsured groups, such as children and seniors. The funds will also assist states in implementing new initiatives for reaching the uninsured.”
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