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Published:September 6th, 2009 11:20 EST
States Awarded $70.9 Million to Expand Health Insurance Coverage

States Awarded $70.9 Million to Expand Health Insurance Coverage

By SOP newswire2

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

 

 

Total

$70,945,306

SOURCE: HHS