NJ Receives $2 Million For ‘Obamacare’ Navigator Programs

WASHINGTON, D.C.  –  New Jersey will received just over $2 million in federal Affordable Care Act Navigator funds for agencies and projects in New Jersey to help enroll people in the new health insurance marketplace.

“Today’s announcement is another step forward in implementing the Affordable Care Act and ensuring that New Jerseyans will be able to access high quality, affordable health coverage in the marketplace starting in October,” said U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ).

U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius today announced $67 million in grant awards to 105 Navigator grant applicants nationwide in federally-facilitated and state partnership marketplaces.

The funding that was announced today for New Jersey includes:

  • $677,797 for the Center For Family Services, Inc. – Center For Family Services, Inc. (CFS) is a nonprofit human services agency with 90 years of experience serving individuals and families across the life span. CFS will serve the seven lower southern counties of New Jersey which include: Camden, Burlington, Gloucester, Salem, Atlantic, Cape May and Cumberland. The funds will be used to educate and help enroll consumers in the health insurance marketplace.
  • $239,810 for the City of Orange’s ACA Navigator Project – The Orange ACA Navigator Project (OACANP) will integrate several successfully existing community-based systems to serve as a guide to help uninsured residents and small businesses in underserved and vulnerable populations. OACANP will help consumers learn about insurance options and assist with enrollment in health plans through the competitive health insurance marketplace.
  • $565,000 for the Urban League of Hudson County – The Urban League of Hudson County (ULHC) is a community based organization dedicated to advocating, facilitating, and promoting initiatives that allow local residents to participate in the development of urban neighborhoods. ULHC will partner with the Urban League for Bergen County, the Urban League of Morris County and the Urban League Union County to assist consumers in enrolling in the Marketplace.
  • $400,583 for Public Health Solutions – Public Health Solutions (PHS) is one of the largest non-profit organizations in New York City. PHS will partner with four community-based organizations in New Jersey to provide outreach and enrollment assistance in Hudson and Essex Counties.
  • $137,217 for the FoodBank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties, Inc. – With the help of these dollars and roughly 1,000 volunteers, the FoodBank will help connect uninsured and underinsured individuals with information about their health insurance options.

“These five organizations will help provide individuals and families throughout our state with unbiased, clear information – not only about the marketplace plans, but also their Medicaid and CHIP options,” Menendez said. “Together with the other enrollment assistance organizations – including community health centers, certified application counselors, public libraries, and insurance agents and brokers – these navigators will help ensure everyone is able to make well-informed decisions about their health coverage that’s best for their families.”

The Affordable Care Act requires the new health insurance marketplaces to establish a navigator program to help consumers understand new coverage options and find the most affordable coverage that meets their health care needs. The Department of Health and Human Services has made available $54 million in cooperative agreements to fund Navigators in Federally-facilitated or State Partnership Marketplaces. Navigators, who are required to undergo training, obtain certification and abide by rigorous security and privacy standards, will serve as an in-person resource for New Jerseyans who want additional assistance in shopping for and enrolling in plans in the Health Insurance Marketplace starting October 1st.

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