More than three million dollars has been doled out to help you understand Obamacare coverage and how it affects you and your family. 17 awards have been distributed as part of what's called the Health Center Outreach and Enrollment Assistance. Peak Vista Community Health Center received the lion's share of Southern Colorado money. This non-profit, low cost health coverage giant will use the 310 thousand dollars to hire ten new staffers to help you wade through the maze of the new Affordable Health Care Coverage.
This new government mandated coverage is not a one size fits all approach. Peak Vista President and CEO, Pamela McManus explains to me why knowledge is power when it comes to this complicated insurance, "Often times the father may be covered with his job. The mom may not be covered. The kids are qualified for some programs. It's not if a family qualifies, it's if individuals in the family qualify for different programs to be eligible."
Ten people are being hired right now for the insurance educator positions at this low cost health care facility. It's hoped they will be on the job by September 1st.
Other Southern Colorado facilities will also get this same grant money to hire positions based on the number of people they serve in their facilities. High Plains Community in Lamar received more than 90 thousand dollars. Pueblo Community Health received 150 thousand dollars and Valley Wide Health in Alamosa received nearly two hundred thousand dollars.