CMS has announced $63 million in navigator grant awards to returning and new organizations. These awards will support local in-person assistance to help consumers navigate, shop, and enroll in Marketplace coverage options during open enrollment for 2017.
Open enrollment begins on Nov. 1.
Navigators are trained individuals and organizations who help consumers, small businesses, and employees as they look for health coverage options and financial assistance through the Marketplace. Navigators can meet in person with consumers and help them understand the coverage options available to them as well as help them pick, apply for, and enroll in a plan of their choice. Consumers in Federally Facilitated Marketplaces, including State Partnership Marketplaces, can go to Find Local Help, which can be accessed at localhelp.healthcare.gov/#intro, for assistance.
This year, 96 returning organizations and two new organizations in Hawaii received a grant award. This is the second year of a three-year funding cycle for the returning grantees that provide local in-person assistance.
For a list of CMS navigator awardees or more information about navigators and other Marketplace resources, go online to the website http://go.cms.gov/2c4niiK.