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Updated: March 2, 2010
Wellpoint Foundation Supports FHCE Help Line For Uninsured

The Foundation for Health Coverage Education (FHCE) has been awarded a $178,000 grant from the Wellpoint Foundation to support the operation of a free, round-the-clock and multilingual help line for those uninsured in the United States.

Nearly 33 percent of the 47 million uninsured in the U.S. are eligible for government-sponsored health insurance, but aren’t signed up for it.

Funds will assist in maintaining up-to-date private/public program data, and help a new verification and monitoring process for those who decide to enroll in a government program.

"As the ranks of the uninsured grow in this economic downturn, it is all the more important that information about available government programs is easy to access for those in need," said Phil Lebherz, founder of FHCE.

A five-question eligibility quiz is available to applicants online, and live counselors are also available to them through the U.S. Uninsured Help Line for guidance on all options and any questions.

Online access to applications for every state, nationwide, is offered on the organization’s Web site:

Wellpoint and FHCE hope this grant will facilitate the centralization of health coverage information, becoming a resource in making healthcare accessible to all.

The U.S. Uninsured Help Line is: (800) 234-1317.

For information on the Foundation for Health Coverage Education, e-mail

Address: WellPoint Foundation Inc., 700 Broadway, 3rd Floor, Denver, CO 80273; (805) 557-6177,

  This article was taken from:
The Executive Report on Managed Care

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