Tuesday, September 9, 2014

HHS Announces Navigator Grant Awards

Dana Halvorson

Earlier this week, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced $60 million in funding to help consumers navigate their health care coverage options in the Health Insurance Marketplace.

On Monday, September 8, HHS Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced $60 million in Navigator grant awards to 90 organizations in states with federally-facilitated and state partnership Marketplaces. According to the Department’s press release, these awards support preparation and outreach activities in year two of Marketplace enrollment and build on lessons learned from last year.

In addition to Navigators, Marketplaces make other resources available to consumers to help them access Marketplace coverage, such as certified application counselors, non-navigator assistance personnel (also known as in-person assisters), and agents and brokers. Consumers in federally-facilitated and state partnership Marketplaces can visit Find Local Help to find assistance in their area.

For a list of HHS Navigator awardees or more information about Navigators and other Marketplace resources, please visit: http://cciio.cms.gov/programs/exchanges/assistance.html

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