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David Raines Health Centers Get ObamaCare Grant

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President Obama is making a big push on Obamacare Thursday as part of a coordinated effort to continue to sell his plan to wary Americans. At a White House event he said, "If the folks who have been trying to make political hay out of this thing, if they had some better ideas I've already told them, I'm happy to hear them but I haven't heard any so far. What I've heard is just the same old song and dance. We're just going to blow through that stuff and keep on doing the right thing for the American people." He pitched his plan, that he says works, a day after the Republican-controlled house voted to delay two key provisions.

Right here in Shreveport, a local health center has received a grant to help get the word out about Obamacare, or the Affordable Care Act, and make sure anyone who's eligible can sign up.  Willie White is the CEO of David Raines Community Health Centers. They've been awarded a grant for $120,710 to raise awareness about the Affordable Care Act. White said, "The main advantage is to go from no insurance to some health insurance that's affordable for you. With those funds we'll be able to hire additional staff to be able to go out into the community and make sure that those that may be eligible understand what programs are available."

In Louisiana, at least 400,000 people could have access to doctors and hospitals under Obamacare, who don't otherwise. This grant will allow David Raines Centers to be a resource for those across Northwest Louisiana who may qualify for coverage. White said of those who currently may not have coverage, "They wait until the end up in the emergency room and then the cost of care is much higher. So we want to get them in early and treat them, but when you don't have insurance, and you don't have the ability to pay for it, then you delay those treatments. We're going to reach out and try to get as many people that might qualify to give them the opportunity to sign up for services and coverage." Raines Community Health Centers will begin hiring necessary staff to start their outreach process. They hope to have the program up and running within 90 days.

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