A community health center in Roanoke is getting a federal grant to help spread the word about how low-income residents can find assistance through the new federal health care law.
New Horizons Healthcare will receive $87,083, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced today.
The money is part of a national effort by the Obama administration to make health care more accessible through the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
A total of $150 million was awarded to 1,159 health centers in all 50 states. New Horizons was the only center in the Roanoke and New River valleys on a list released by the government.
Statewide, 22 centers received a total of $2.5 million.
With the money, the centers will be able to hire about 50 additional workers to help people enroll in Medicaid, the government insurance program for the poor and disabled, and a new online marketplace that will offer private insurance at subsidized rates.
That system is expected to begin open enrollment Oct. 1