Congressman Green announces $1.4 million in HHS grant awards to Houston
Washington, DC – Congressman Green proudly announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded $9.9 million in federal grant assistance to Texas health centers to aid in health insurance enrollment. Of the 66 awards in Texas, 11 were granted to Houston-area community health centers and totaled $1.4 million.
Rep. Green said, “I’m glad to see momentum gaining in the implementation of the most important component of the Affordable Care Act, affordable and quality health insurance options. Our local health centers see thousands of patients every year and are huge resources for our community. With these federal funds, more Texans will get access to assistance with enrolling in the health insurance marketplace.”
Congressman Green represents Texas’ 29th Congressional District, which has one of the highest uninsured populations in the nation. The U.S. Census Bureau reported that 36.3% of residents in the 29th District do not have insurance. Three of the community health center grants were awarded to community health centers in the district.
Across Texas, 67 health centers operate 388 sites serving 1,085,199 patients last year, 51 percent of whom were uninsured. The following clinics serving the 29th District and Houston/Harris County received grants: Harris County Hospital District, Houston Area Community Services, Houston Community Health Centers, Asian American Health Coalition of the Greater Houston Area, El Centro Del Corazon, Fourth Ward Clinic, Health Care for the Homeless Houston, Legacy Community Health Services, Pasadena Health Center, South Central Houston Community Health Center, and Spring Branch Community Health Center.
The awards, issued by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), complement other federal efforts, such as the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services-funded Navigator program. More information on HHS’ awards in Texas can be found at https://www.hrsa.gov/about/news/2013tables/outreachandenrollment/tx.html.