Do you know what the Affordable Care Act means to you, as a massage therapist, as a consumer or as an employer?

Assistance is underway, with $150 million in grants awarded to 1,159 health centers across the nation to enroll uninsured Americans in new health coverage options made available by the Affordable Care Act.

With these awards, which health centers in all 50 states have received, consumers will get help understanding their coverage options through the new Health Insurance Marketplace, Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program; determine their eligibility and what financial help they can get; and enroll in new affordable health coverage options.

Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced the awards earlier this month.

“Investing in health centers means that people in neighborhoods and towns across the country have one more resource to help them understand their insurance options and enroll in affordable coverage,” Sebelius said.

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