HHS Awards $9.5 Million to States to Expand Health Insurance Coverage in Texas
HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has announced $70.9 million in grants to 13 states to support the expansion of health care coverage for their uninsured populations.
The grants are funded under the new State Health Access Program (SHAP), an outgrowth of the agency's State Planning Grant program that operated from 2000--2007. This program enabled many states to develop innovative plans that increased health insurance coverage for their uninsured residents.
"These grants build on the success of the earlier program," said Secretary Sebelius. "They will help more states provide affordable insurance to specific uninsured groups, such as children and seniors. The funds will also assist states in implementing new initiatives for reaching the uninsured."
The grants, to be made over a 5-year period, require a 20 percent match unless a state demonstrates a financial hardship. In addition, states must show that they are able to sustain the program after federal funding has expired. The impact and results of state projects will be reported to Congress at the end of the grant period.
HHS' Health Resources and Services Administration oversees the State Health Access Program grants. The grants listed below were awarded through a competitive process:
State Health Access Program
FY 2009 Grant Awards
Organization City State Award
Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing Denver Colo. $9,966,612
Kansas Health Policy Authority Topeka Kan. $1,930,490
State of Maine / Governor's Office of Health Policy & Finance Augusta Maine $8,500,000
Minnesota State Dept of Human Services Saint Paul Minn. $4,641,776
Nevada Department of Health and Human Services Carson City Nev. $4,000,000
Health Research Inc. / NYS Dept of Health Albany N.Y. $2,670,930
NC Department of Health and Human Services Raleigh N.C. $1,264,097
State of Oregon, Salem, OR: Oregon Salem Ore. $9,978,200
Texas Health & Human Services Commission Austin Texas $9,513,413
Virginia State Department of Health Richmond Va. $912,658
State of Washington Olympia Wash. $1,228,042
WV Department of Health and Human Resources Charleston W. Va. $6,343,900
Wisconsin Department of Health Services Madison Wis. $9,995,188
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