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USM School of Social Work Receives Funding

The School of Social Work received more than 1.2 million dollars in the Affordable Care Act.

The money will support outreach efforts that get people in touch with local help while trying to understand their coverage options through HealthCare.gov reported WDAM.

“The beneficiaries of the project are uninsured individuals and families in Mississippi’s three southernmost health care districts eligible for health insurance under the landmark Affordable Care Act,” said Dr. Michael Forster, dean of the College of Health and principle investigator. “Assessing options and matching them to people’s needs is complicated, to say the least, hence the value of providing trained navigators to help in the process.”

The health access project is a replication of the city of Hattiesburg’s and School of Social Work’s Educate, Enroll, Empower (E3) Health Initiative with the addition of Marketplace enrollment, E3 outreach program has already had great success in the city and they look forward to its expansion. If you need more information about please visit www.usm.edu/socialwork.

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