Rutgers University is getting a 14 million dollar Health Care Innovation Award from the Federal Department of Health and Human Services.

The money – which is made possible by the Affordable Care Act - is going to the University’s Center for State Health Policy to expand and test a team-based management strategy which will deliver high-quality cost saving health care to lower-income populations around the nation.

The care management teams include nurses, social workers, and community health workers who will provide clients with patient-centered support in order to addresses immediate health care needs, such as filling prescriptions or applying for health coverage, as well as treating long term and chronic conditions. After patients are stabilized, the care management team will transition them to local primary care medical homes.

Jersey Congressman Frank Pallone, who serves on the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health, says “I applaud Rutgers University’s Center for State Health Policy for their innovative approach to health care that will save money and expand quality care to some of our most vulnerable populations - this is another example of the Affordable Care Act working for Americans and helping improve patient outcomes while ultimately saving the system billions of dollars by cutting down on preventable emergency room visits.”

 In total, HHS has awarded 107 projects nationwide that are intended to save the health care system an estimated 1-point-9 billion dollars over the next three years.