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Thursday, July 11, 2013

Plainfield Health Center wins grant to enroll residents in Obamacare

The Plainfield Health Center is operated by
Neighborhood Health Services Corporation.

Plainfield's Neighborhood Health Services Corporation (NHSC), which operates the Plainfield Health Center on Myrtle Avenue as well as outpost locations elsewhere, will receive $223,571 in funds to enroll residents in Obamacare, according to a report in the Star-Ledger (see here).

The money will be used to hire workers to help guide uninsured residents through the maze of choices they will have to make to purchase insurance through the new online insurance exchanges.

Uninsured residents not eligible for Medicaid will have to purchase insurance through the exchanges or face a fine. Subsidies will help those at the lower end of the income scale.

New Jersey's online exchange is set to launch on October 1.

The funds being directed to New Jersey will allow for fewer than 70 new hires for 20 health centers. This suggests that perhaps two hires will be made by the NHSC, meaning enormous workloads if they are to service all NHSC communities.

For more information, contact the
Neighborhood Health Services Corporation at (908) 753-6401 or visit their website here.