Tuesday, September 8, 2015

CMS awards $67 million in ACA Funding

Dana Halvorson

According to a September 2 press release from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), “With Marketplace Open Enrollment set to begin on November 1, 2015, CMS today [Sept. 2] announced grant awards totaling $67 million to support outreach efforts designed to connect people with local help as they seek to understand the coverage options and financial assistance available at HealthCare.gov.

Awarded to 100 organizations located in 34 states that operate Federally Facilitated Marketplaces, State Partnership Marketplaces, and supported State-Based Marketplaces, the three year-long Marketplace Navigator grants will fuel efforts to help consumers enroll in a health plan that fits their budget and best meets their family’s needs.” The press release goes on to include that, “Navigators and assisters are trained specialists who provide consumers in their communities with in-person help, answering their questions about their health insurance and financial assistance options and assisting them as they complete their application. Navigators and assisters are knowledgeable about the range of health plans available on HealthCare.gov as well as other public health insurance programs offered in their state, including Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). The navigator awards announced today [Sept. 2] will allow organizations to work with consumers for the next three years.” 

For a list of HHS Navigator awardees or more information about Navigators and other Marketplace resources, please click here. In addition, more information about the ACA can be found on the AHCA/NCAL ACA website.

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