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CA Health Exchange Poised to Hand Out Millions in Grants

CAHealthExchangeTens of millions of dollars in outreach grants are set to be awarded next week in a massive campaign to persuade uninsured Californians to buy coverage as a linchpin in the looming health care overhaul. Applicants include community-based nonprofits, social service centers, huge labor unions and school districts – including Los Angeles Unified School District and Service Employees International Union, one of the state’s largest health care unions. The awarding of two-year grants, from $250,000 to $1 million apiece, will push a nationwide health care program from blackboard planning into a vital new phase of face-to-face contact with families. “It’s one of the most critical components of getting our message out,” said Dana Howard, spokesman for Covered California, as reported recently in the Sacramento Bee.