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$70.9 Million to States to Expand Health Insurance Coverage

  • Published: 2009-09-05 (Revised/Updated 2010-07-11) : Author: HHS Press Office
  • Synopsis: $70.9 million in grants to 13 states to support the expansion of health care coverage for their uninsured populations.

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HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has announced $70.9 million in grants to 13 states to support the expansion of health care coverage for their uninsured populations.

The grants are funded under the new State Health Access Program (SHAP), an outgrowth of the agency's State Planning Grant program that operated from 2000-2007. This program enabled many states to develop innovative plans that increased health insurance coverage for their uninsured residents.

These grants build on the success of the earlier program. They will help more states provide affordable insurance to specific uninsured groups, such as children and seniors. The funds will also assist states in implementing new initiatives for reaching the uninsured.

The grants, to be made over a 5-year period, require a 20 percent match unless a state demonstrates a financial hardship. In addition, states must show that they are able to sustain the program after federal funding has expired. The impact and results of state projects will be reported to Congress at the end of the grant period.

HHS' Health Resources and Services Administration oversees the State Health Access Program grants. The grants listed below were awarded through a competitive process:

State Health Access Program
FY 2009 Grant Awards





Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing




Kansas Health Policy Authority




State of Maine / Governor's Office of Health Policy & Finance




Minnesota State Dept of Human Services

Saint Paul



Nevada Department of Health and Human Services

Carson City



Health Research Inc. / NYS Dept of Health




NC Department of Health and Human Services




State of Oregon, Salem, OR: Oregon




Texas Health & Human Services Commission




Virginia State Department of Health




State of Washington




WV Department of Health and Human Resources


W. Va.


Wisconsin Department of Health Services






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