DADE CITY — A $138,000 federal grant has been awarded to Premier Community HealthCare Group to help enroll uninsured people who will be newly covered under the Affordable Care Act, the agency announced Friday.
The new funding will help support three additional staff members to assist residents who will qualify for insurance coverage under the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. Currently, 78 percent of Floridians are not familiar with what the health insurance marketplace is and 83 percent of people who might be eligible for Medicaid expansion don't know about it.
"With a lack of knowledge or a clear understanding about the new health insurance marketplace, people simply need direction, and this funding will enable us to provide community education and enrollment assistance," said Kim Schuknecht, Premier CEO.
Open enrollment for the exchanges begins Oct. 1.
Of the nearly 18,000 patients Premier currently has, 40 percent are uninsured. The center is among 1,159 nationwide that received grants totaling $150 million from the Department of Health and Human Services.
For more information contact Premier Community HealthCare Group at (352) 518-2000.