Funds Heading to Virginia to Help Uninsured Get "ObamaCare"


HARRISONBURG --- On Friday, the federal government announced $2.5 million in federal funds will be heading to Virginia to get people without health insurance signed up for "Obamacare".

Harrisonburg will receive $84,000 to help pay for hiring people and outreach events to get people signed up.

Right now, 32% of people in Harrisonburg have no health insurance, which is the highest percentage for an area in Virginia.

Christopher Nye, the Executive Director of the Harrisonburg Community Health Center, says the funding the city is receiving will pay for people to head out to libraries, stores, and anywhere else where uninsured people are.

The goal is to find uninsured people and get them signed up for health insurance for themselves and their children, as well as Medicaid.

Insurance can be expensive, but Nye says a person's health is too important.

"Everybody needs a good medical home. It's almost likening it to 'You need to know a good car mechanic'," he explained. "Being able to prevent conditions that can very debilitating, like ones that can take you out of the workforce, is very important. You're making an investment into you and your family's future."

Nye says his health center is also partnering with social services in the city to try and help identify all the people who qualify for health insurance but are not covered.


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