PORTLAND — The Somali Culture and Development Association has been awarded a $5,000 grant to educate the community about health benefits.

The grant, from the Maine Health Access Foundation, will go toward telling people about their eligibility for benefits under the national Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

The grant will also help efforts to inform people about changes to the MaineCare (Medicaid)
program, which has new eligibility rules depending upon resident and immigration status in the U.S. 

The Somali association will work with Somali and Muslim communities in greater Portland and in Lewiston and provide outreach programs in Somali and Afghan mosques in Portland and an Iraqi mosque in Biddeford.