Sarbanes Announces $50,000 for Community Health Centers in Baltimore

December 11, 2013
CONTACT: Daniel Jacobs
(202) 225-4016
WASHINGTON – U.S. Congressman John Sarbanes today announced the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded $50,000 to community health centers in Baltimore to provide enrollment assistance for people seeking new health coverage made available by the health care reform law.

“The health care reform law is expanding coverage to thousands of uninsured Marylanders, making it possible for them to get to the doctor when they need one,” said Congressman Sarbanes. “But many of these people need help learning about their eligibility for benefits and how to enroll. Community health centers are bridging this gap so people in Baltimore and throughout Maryland have access to the care they deserve.”

Baltimore Medical System and Health Care for the Homeless will each receive $25,000 to expand outreach and enrollment efforts that assist uninsured Marylanders access affordable health insurance coverage made possible through the health care reform law.

Last year, Maryland’s 16 community health centers served nearly 300,000 patients. More than a quarter of those patients were uninsured. With this funding from HHS, the state’s health centers will be able to assist more than 40,000 people with enrollment in affordable coverage.