By Tom Wilemon, The Tennessean
Health clinics in Tennessee will receive almost $3.2 million in federal funds so they can hire counselors to help the uninsured apply for coverage on the Health Insurance Marketplace.
The Health Insurance Marketplace is the official name of the federally maintained exchange that will allow the uninsured to buy coverage. The marketplace also provides subsidies to help low- to moderate-income people with the cost.
Funding recipients in Middle Tennessee include Matthew Walker Comprehensive Health Center, $299,306; United Neighborhood Health Services, $230,171; University Community Health Services, $92,209; Rutherford County Primary Care Clinic, $83,915; and Mercy Health Services, $66,876.
The Tennessee Department of Health also received grants for $71,518 and $266,504.
"This investment will give Tennessee neighborhoods and towns one more resource to help people understand their insurance options and enroll in affordable care," said Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.
The Affordable Care Act provides subsidies toward the purchase of insurance to a single person making between $11,490 and $45,960 who does not have employer-based coverage. A family of three with a household income between $24,352 and $73,240 would also qualify if it didn't have such coverage.
However, people making below the federal poverty level will not receive coverage under the Affordable Care Act unless the state of Tennessee and the federal government reach an agreement to expand TennCare.
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