Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced $21,931,657 in grant awards to 129 California health centers operating 1,221 sites to enroll the uninsured in new health coverage options the Affordable Care Act made available.

In California, health centers served 3,261,720 patients last year, 42 percent of whom were uninsured.

With these funds, the awardees expect to hire 411 more workers to assist 575,863 Californians with enrollment into affordable health insurance coverage.

Across the nation, 1,159 health centers will receive $150 million in grant awards.

“This investment will give California neighborhoods and towns one more resource to help people understand their insurance options and enroll in affordable coverage,” HHS Secretary Sebelius said.

The new, consumer-focused and websites, and the 24-hour-a-day consumer call center are available to help Californians prepare for open enrollment and ultimately sign up for health coverage.

These new tools will help Californians understand their coverage options and select the plan that best suits their needs when open enrollment in Covered California begins Oct. 1, 2013.

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