Ariz. centers get $2.3 Million to enroll uninsured

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by Associated Press

Video report by Steve Ryan

Posted on July 10, 2013 at 5:01 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jul 10 at 5:20 PM

PHOENIX (AP) -- Arizona health centers are receiving $2.3 million to help patients find insurance under President Barack Obama's health care overhaul law.

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius (seh-BEEL'-yuhs) announced the funds for 17 health centers across the state during a visit to Phoenix on Wednesday.

The health centers treated more than 420,000 patients last year at 140 sites. Nearly 30 percent of the patients had no insurance.

The centers are expected to hire 45 new workers to help patients learn about their insurance options. They include buying private insurance through the Health Insurance Marketplace and determining if a patient or their family qualifies for Medicaid or the Children's Health Insurance Program known as CHIP.

Arizona chose to let the federal government run its health insurance marketplace.

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