At this point, the White House might just be trolling conservatives.
With Obamacare set to launch in less than three months and Republicans in Congress furiously searching for ways to stop the law, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced Thursday that three Planned Parenthood affiliates across the nation will play an integral role in helping people sign up for health coverage.
FORWARD MARCH: The feds announced millions in taxpayer cash for Obamacare outreach. Planned Parenthood is among the recipients.
Take that, conservatives.
Planned Parenthood partners in three states –Montana, Iowa and New Hampshire – will receive money under the HHS navigator program.
The Montana-based Intermountain Planned Parenthood will receive $214,000, the Iowa-based Planned Parenthood of the Heartland gets $214,427 and the New Hampshire-based Planned Parenthood of Northern New England will pocket $145,461.
Calls to Planned Parenthood national, Montana and Iowa offices were not returned.
Beginning Oct. 1, millions of Americans will have the power to purchase health care through government-run exchanges – something like a medical version of Amazon.com. Through the sites, buyers will purchase generously subsidized private plans or sign up for Medicaid or Medicare.
Navigators will play a massive role in providing information to residents confused about the sweeping changes. The workers, after passing some sort of training course as mandated by HHS, will work one-on-one with the befuddled, the confused and the stupefied.
Those needing assistance from Planned Parenthood navigators will be able to schedule an in-clinic appointment, call a hotline or video chat with workers.
HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said Thursday that the navigators will aid those Americans who prefer one-on-one interaction
“We know there’s a lot of work to be done, but we’ll be ready for whatever comes up,” she said.
MO’ MONEY, MO’ PROBLEMS: Sebelius says the navigators will help aid confused Americans deal with reform changes.Nationwide, the grants total more than $67 million which will flow to 105 organizations. Some recipients include colleges, universities and nonprofit entities.
Here are some award totals by state:
- Kansas: More than $900,000 for three groups, including the Kansas Association for the Medically Underserved.
- Wisconsin: Just more than $1 million will go to six groups.
- Florida: $7.8 million, including a $4.2 million grant to the Tampa-based the Florida Covering Kids & Families program.
- Texas: More than $10.8 million will flow to eight groups, including United Way of Metropolitan Tarrant County and the East Texas Behavioral HealthCare NetWork.
- Missouri: Nearly $1.8 million split between Primaris Healthcare Business Solutions and Missouri Alliance of Area Agencies on Aging.
- Illinois: More than $3 million in funding, including $600,000 for the Puerto Rican Cultural Center, Inc.
Read More: watchdog.org
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- “Hail Satan” Protesters Hired By Planned Parenthood (zionica.com)
- Planned Parenthood To Receive Obamacare Funds For Insurance Push (huffingtonpost.com)
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