Apply Today for CMS Navigator Grants

05/28/15  Baltimore, MD

CMS recently announced the availability of funding to support navigators in federally facilitated marketplaces, including state partnership marketplaces.

Navigators provide objective information about health coverage to consumers to help them make the best possible choice. Grantees will be selected for a three-year project period, and a total of up to $67 million is available for the first year of the award. Applications are due by June 15.

The Affordable Care Act includes a variety of provisions designed to promote accountability, affordability, quality, and accessibility in the health care system. The Affordable Care Act creates a Health Insurance Marketplace or "Marketplace" also known as the Affordable Insurance Exchange in each state, that together provide millions of Americans and small employers with access to affordable health insurance coverage. These Marketplaces allow individuals, employers, and employees to shop for, select, and enroll in QHPs. These Marketplaces also determine individuals' eligibility for premium tax credits and cost sharing reductions, as well as help individuals access other Federal and state health care programs, such as Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP). By providing one-stop shopping, the Marketplaces make purchasing health insurance easier and more understandable than in the past, and put greater control and greater choice in the hands of eligible individuals and small employers.