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Rep. Johnson announces grants
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U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson (GA-04) announced the Department of Health & Human Services is awarding $3.3 million in grants for health care navigators in Georgia and more than $460,000 for two local community health care centers. The Rockdale County Treatment Court Collaborative also will receive more than $234,000 in Mental Health & Substance Abuse Service Grants.

Funds will help Georgians sign up for health care through the Marketplace Exchanges under the Affordable Care Act and assist community health centers that provide coverage for underinsured and uninsured constituents.

Structured Employment Economic Development Corporation (SEEDCO) will receive $2.1 million, and Health Care Central Georgia/Community Health Works will receive $1.1 million for navigators. Oakhurst Medical Center in Stone Mountain will receive $250,000 and Four Corners Primary Care Center in Norcross will receive $210,000.

Navigator funds are part of more than $60 million in grant awards to 90 organizations in states with federally facilitated and state partnership Marketplaces. These awards support preparation and outreach activities in year two of Marketplace enrollment.

The community health center funds are part of $295 million for 1,195 health centers nationwide to increase access to primary care services. The Affordable Care Act funding will assist health facilities in every state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and the Pacific Basin.

“Having access to quality care when dealing with my own health issues, I think everyone deserves the right to quality, affordable healthcare,” said Johnson, who fought and beat hepatitis C. “Community health centers like Oakhurst and Four Corners – the life blood of our communities – help make that possible