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Aug. 16, 2013 -- The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded $67 million in grants to 105 organizations that will help people buy health insurance and understand their options in the new health insurance Marketplaces. The grants will go to health care providers, nonprofit organizations, and business groups in 34 states to train insurance “navigators” as part of the Affordable Care Act. The grants are for states where the federal government will run the Marketplace and for states that are partnering with the feds. States that run their own Marketplaces have separate navigator programs.
Navigators are supposed to be fair and unbiased helpers who may not accept money from insurance companies. They must complete 20 to 30 hours of training and be certified by the state.
In July, the HHS also awarded $150 million to more than 1,000 community health centers and clinics to help people buy insurance in the Marketplaces, also called Exchanges. Insurance brokers also can assist people with their insurance questions and help them sign up for a health plan through their state’s Marketplace.
Here is the full list of organizations and their expected grants:
(*) Organization is operating in more than one state
SOURCES:Department of Health and Human Services.CMS.gov: "In-Person Assistance in the Health Insurance Marketplace."