$2.5M in Grants Awarded to West Virginia Health Centers

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. More than two dozen health centers in West Virginia are getting federal grants to enroll uninsured patients enroll in health care insurance coverage.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services awarded a total $2.5 million in grants to 27 health centers that operate 224 sites across the state.

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced the grants Wednesday.

Sebelius says in a news release that the centers will use the funding to hire additional workers to help uninsured residents understand coverage options in the new Health Insurance Marketplace.

The workers also will to determine eligibility for Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program and provide other assistance.