AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - The federal government has awarded $1.4 million to 19 Maine health centers to boost staff and help people enroll in health care coverage.
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced the grants on Wednesday.
About $150 million in grants will be given out nationwide. It's part of the administration's effort to ease the enrollment process when the previously uninsured seek coverage under the affordable health care act beginning Jan. 1.
The department says that the Maine health centers will be able to hire 25 more workers to help more than 18,000 people find health insurance coverage. Mainers can go to the health centers to learn about their coverage options under new health care exchange, like Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program.
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