Friday, August 16, 2013

Utah Receives Federal Funding from HHS to Advance Education about the Health Insurance Marketplace

Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced $67 million in grant awards to 105 Navigator grantees in Federally-facilitated and State Partnership Marketplaces, Thursday Aug. 15. Navigator grantees and their staff will serve as an in-person resource for Americans who want additional assistance in shopping for and enrolling in plans in the Health Insurance Marketplace beginning October 1, 2013.

HHS also recognized more than 100 Champions for Coverage [PDF | 285KB], national organizations and businesses that have volunteered to help Americans learn about the health care coverage available in the Marketplace. 

"Navigators will be among the many resources available to help consumers understand their coverage options in the Marketplace," Sebelius said. "A network of volunteers on the ground in every state – health care providers, business leaders, faith leaders, community groups, advocates and local elected officials – can help spread the word and encourage their neighbors to get enrolled." 

Navigators are trained to provide unbiased information in a culturally competent manner to consumers about health insurance, the new Health Insurance Marketplaces, qualified health plans, and public programs including Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program. The Navigator funding opportunity announcement was open to eligible private and public groups and people who are self-employed who met certain standards to promote effectiveness, diversity and program integrity. 

Read the full press release.

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