CMS announces $60 million in grants to support marketplace navigators

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Health care providers and other eligible entities can apply until July 10 for $60 million in grants to support navigators in federally-facilitated and state partnership marketplaces in 2014-2015, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced today. The Affordable Care Act established navigators to provide unbiased information 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. “Navigators have been an important resource for the millions of Americans who enrolled in coverage in 2014,” said CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner. “This funding ensures this work will continue next year, including during the open enrollment period for the marketplaces.” Letters of intent are due June 30. CMS last month issued a final rule updating requirements for navigators, health insurers, marketplaces and other ACA entities beginning in 2015.

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