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With the help of several recently received grants, Manet Community Health Center is getting ready to help locals take part in the federal government’s new health care program. The Affordable Care Act won’t be implemented until January 2014, but Manet is already launching an education program this month and will begin enrolling patients into the plan starting in October. To help, Manet received a $59,158 grant in June from the Commonwealth Health Insurance Connector Authority Navigation Program. July saw the award of $80,164 from the US Department of Health and Human Services, and in August, Manet won $54,549 from the state Office of Health and Human Services. That funding has helped hire staff and train existing employees. According to Henry Tuttle, Manet CEO, the center has become a leader in the South Shore in familiarizing people with the program, and was even selected by the federal government to help other communities. “Our track record and evidence of success has been spotlighted here in the South Shore, but also as a model for others to follow across the country,” Tuttle said.

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