Maryland health centers get $1.7 million in federal funding

Sixteen health centers in Maryland will share in $1.7 million in federal funding to help enroll uninsured residents in health plans under health care reform.

The money is part of $150 million the federal Department of Health and Human Services announced Thursday it was making available to health centers around the country.

The money will be used to hire new staff, train existing staff and hold community outreach events. Health centers will help consumers understand their coverage options and determine their eligibility. The centers will also help residents enroll in insurance plans.

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