Complementary health care, including massage therapy, is mandated as part of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which goes into effect in 2014. (See “State-by-State Campaign Launched to Support Complementary Health Care’s Coverage by Health Insurance, as Mandated by the Affordable Care Act.”)
This week, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced new funding to help more uninsured Americans enroll in new health insurance coverage options made available by the Affordable Care Act.
Approximately $150 million will help community health centers provide in-person enrollment assistance to uninsured individuals across the nation, according to an HHS press release.
About 1,200 health centers operate nearly 9,000 service delivery sites nationwide and serve approximately 21 million patients each year.
“Today’s funding announcement is part of the administration’s larger effort to make applying for health insurance as easy as possible,” the press release noted. “For example, last week, we released a single, streamlined application that was shortened from 21 to 3 pages. We are committed to providing the type of assistance that Americans need to ensure that they have access to affordable health care.”