California was the first state in the nation to set up a health care exchange in accordance with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). The state received $43 million in funding to set up and promote the program, named Covered California.
CNS News put up a piece yesterday on what a small, but significant, portion of that funding will go towards.
$990,000 of the grant will go to the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) to set up a voluntary program that will train LA high school students to inform their community members on the different benefits and plans they are eligible for under Obamacare.
“The goal of the grant program is to increase awareness about the new benefits, to educate targeted audiences about the subsidy programs available to them and to motivate consumers and small businesses to be part of obtaining health insurance,” said a Covered California press release.
The LAUSD is not the only school system to receive money from the federal Covered California grant package. California State University, Los Angeles and the University of Southern California will receive $1,250,000 and $500,000, respectively, for similar benefit awareness programs.
“We are excited to build on our partnerships with organizations that have trusted relationships in diverse communities throughout the state,” said Peter V. Lee, executive director of Covered California. “Together, we can significantly strengthen our effort to ensure as many Californians as possible are aware of and are enrolled in the new health insurance options this fall for coverage beginning Jan. 1, 2014.”
Source: CNS News