Hhs Awards Grants Of $11.7 States For Health Insurance
Grants of $11.7 million to support projects in 30 states, the District of Columbia and the Virgin Islands to develop plans to provide affordable health insurance for uninsured residents have been awarded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Seven states–Florida, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, and Virginia–and the District of Columbia will receive new one-year grants totaling close to $7.4 million under HHS’ State Planning Grants program. Supplemental grants of almost $4.3 million will go to 24 current grantees (23 states and the Virgin Islands) to support their efforts to develop options to increase health insurance coverage.
Grantees first conduct studies to identify uninsured residents and the reasons why they are uninsured. Then states use this information to determine the most effective ways to provide high-quality, affordable health insurance, using plans offered to government employees or other benchmark health plans as a model.
The grants are administered by HHS’ Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) and its Office of Special Programs.