Wednesday, December 11, 2013
By Carla K. Johnson / The Associated Press
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The Ohio Association of Foodbanks is getting almost $2 million to help promote the law and sign people up for insurance.
Lisa Hamler-Fugitt, the association's executive director, said 42 percent of their clients have to choose between buying food, medicine or health care every day.
"We're going to be able to help them connect to health insurance — some for the first time ever," she said.
The group plans to reach out to people through food pantries, Twitter and a large van to be used as an office-on-wheels where people can get enrolled. They also expect to educate volunteers to help spread information about the law to the state's 1.5 million uninsured.
A $4.2 million grant awarded to a program at the University of South Florida was the largest in that state.
"We're very excited that USF is going to be a statewide resource," said Jodi Ray, the project director of the Florida Covering Kids and Families program at USF, which will oversee the grant. The program will use databases and lists of people who are uninsured and have already sought services for their children through various university health care offerings, Ray said.