Skip to comments.Florida lands $4.4 million more to push Obamacare
Posted on 12/16/2013 7:35:34 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
TALLAHASSEE Christmas came early for 48 Florida health centers.
Playing the role of Santa, the U.S. Department of Health and Humans Services is doling out $4.4 million to Sunshine State community health groups tasked with Affordable Care Act outreach and enrollment.
The funding is part of a $58 million national push that extends into territories and commonwealths such as Puerto Rico and Guam.
Since July, HHS has awarded $150 million in health center grants.
Florida groups have already received more than $8 million to hire 163 health center workers, or navigators, and to meet the grant programs stated goal of 158,000 Sunshine State insurance enrollments. The new funding is aimed at expanding navigators hours and hiring even more Obamacare workers.
This investment means that health centers can provide expanded assistance for people in communities nationwide looking for resources to help them understand their insurance options and enroll in affordable coverage, HHS secretary Kathleen Sebelius said in a statement.
The timing of the announcement coincides with the Obama administrations frantic efforts to provide consumers with continuous insurance coverage beginning Jan. 1.
The lowly performance of healthcare.gov on top of millions of forced insurance policy cancellations nationwide is prompting the administration to throw more money at the problem and further extend enrollment deadlines.
A December enrollment report, issued by HHS the same day as the new funding announcement, shows only 17,908 Floridians selected an Obamacare exchange plan in the first two months the so-called insurance marketplace went online. Still, thats tops among the 36 states with federally-run exchanges.
Theres no indication however as to how many of those consumers have actually paid an insurance premium to secure coverage.
Nearly 19,000 Floridians have signed up for Medicaid or the Childrens Health Coverage Program, CHIP, which comes at little or no cost to recipients.
Last week, HHS moved the payment deadline for coverage beginning Jan.1 from Dec. 15, to Dec. 31.
The administration is also flexing its muscles and urging insurance companies to accept payment after the year-end deadline and issue retroactive coverage in 2014.
We are providing additional flexibility to consumers across the country to ensure they have access to coverage options that begin on Jan. 1, 2014, said Sebelius.
Click here for a full listing of Florida health centers receiving additional federal outreach and enrollment assistance.
if the give-aways are so good and generous, why do we have to pay to advertise to give them away?
“and urging insurance companies to accept payment after the year-end deadline”
This is criminal.
Robbing you to fund leftwing orgs to convince you to let the government rob you
I have to be honest. you really can’t blame these people. they are giving away free healthcare (i’m talking about the ones that will vote for them, the ones living off everyone else’s taxes), and people still wont come and get it for free.
so they have to be saying to themselves, the electorate are idiots, and we should be able to get away with anything.
It IS criminal, as are exhortations to businesses and government agencies to ignore deadlines. He encourages others to break the law.
i’m totally cynical these days, so I suspect, somehow this ties in to an effort to persuade people Obamacare and Democrats are good so please vote for the Democrat to replace, recently deceased, Republican Congressman Bill Young.
Ita a Dem party voter fraud Accorn run outlet.
You nailed it.
Fl is not funding the federal exchanges so why are they promoting it so heavily.
This crap is a Voter fraud front group operated by the renamed
Its pure Chicago voter fraud funded by HHS.