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D.C. Awards $6.4 Million to Groups Who Help Transition to Obamacare

| by Sarah Siskind
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The District of Columbia’s health insurance exchange announced yesterday it is awarding $6.4 million to community organizations that assist people to enroll in Obamacare. The money is to train 150 “experts” to receive 30 hours of training on the 1,000-page law.

Of the 35 groups awarded, Planned Parenthood, among the highest recipients, received $375,000. The other groups include faith-based organizations, HIV/AIDS groups and patient advocacy groups.

“We are excited to create these partnerships with trusted organizations that have deep roots in the communities that make up the District of Columbia,” said exchange authority Chairwoman Diane Lewis.

Interestingly, despite the high-profile and generous award program, Washington, D.C., has a fairly high rate of enrollment and insurance coverage.

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According to the executive director of the exchange program, however, this adds an element of challenge and strategizing to their efforts.

“The District’s low uninsured rate is both great news and a challenge,” said executive director Mila Kofman. “There are no easy to reach uninsured people, so we have to be smart, strategic and creative. These organizations are trusted voices and sources of information in their communities and they will be our boots on the ground.

With the program set to take effect Jan. 1, 2014, the exchange program will open this Oct. 1.

Sources: Daily Caller