Grant money to help uninsured residents find health coverage

Two community health centers with locations in Whatcom County are receiving thousands of dollars in federal grant money to help uninsured residents enroll in the state’s new health care marketplace this fall.

Interfaith Community Health Center in Bellingham will receive $94,541, and Sea-Mar Community Health Centers, which operates in Whatcom County (as well as Island, Skagit and Snohomish counties) will receive $664,176.

Health centers will use the funding to help consumers understand their coverage options in the Washington Healthplanfinder, the state’s new health insurance marketplace, as well as provide information about additional financial help they might be qualified to receive.

All total, two dozen health centers across Washington received $4,574,913. The money was made available by the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration.

Open enrollment in the new marketplace begins Oct. 1.

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