If you find the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and health insurance options confusing, you are not alone…literally. There is help on the way! Starting October 1, 2013, consumers in all states will be able to choose affordable health insurance options through new Health Insurance Marketplaces. Consumers can get help as they apply for and choose new insurance options from Community Navigator Organizations.
On August 15th, The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced the organizations who would be receiving nearly $65 million in funds to set up their Community Navigator programs. As stated by HHS, “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 navigators are charged with connecting uninsured, underinsured, and transitioning populations, as well as individuals and families who are already covered by insurance, with affordable health insurance plans. Ensuring that everyone is connected with health insurance is the first step to building a Well Community, Well State and Well Nation.
Take a look at the organizations in your state who are recipients of Navigator grants in Federally-facilitated and State Partnership Marketplaces.