Last week the Department of Health and Human Services announced the organizations awarded funding to implement Navigator programming in Wisconsin. Navigators will be one piece of the consumer support network charged with outreaching to and enrolling eligible individuals and families into appropriate health insurance when the Marketplace opens on October 1.
Organizations who are not housing Navigators but wish to provide enrollment assistance support can apply to become Certified Application Counselors (CACs). For more information on becoming a CAC organization, visit http://marketplace.cms.gov/.
Both Navigators and CACs will be required to go through training and certification processes. An inventory of available CAC organizations will be made available after they are identified so local organizations know where to refer consumers in need of assistance. Organizations who will house Navigators are listed below.
For more information on who’s doing what in your community and how to get involved, feel free to contact us here at CKF – 608-261-1455.
Navigator Grants Awarded in Wisconsin
Partners for Community Development, Inc.
Anticipated grant amount: $315,720
Partners for Community Development will facilitate the enrollment of the uninsured with
emphasis on reaching out to Hispanic and Hmong families and other hard-to-reach eligible consumers in Door, Kewaunee, Manitowoc, Ozaukee, and Sheboygan Counties in Wisconsin. It will focus outreach and enrollment efforts in its service area on hard-to-reach consumers and families with limited English proficiency.
Northwest Wisconsin Concentrated Employment Program, Inc.
Anticipated grant amount: $285,035
The Northwest Wisconsin Concentrated Employment Program will help lead a Navigator project in their region to promote accessibility to health insurance Marketplace and the health care system in Wisconsin. The cooperative agreement will be used to provide Marketplace Navigator services at 21 Wisconsin Job Centers without reach provided at libraries, Senior Centers and college campuses by existing staff that have experience working with diverse populations.
Legal Action of Wisconsin, Inc./SeniorLAW
Anticipated grant amount: $70,000
SeniorLAW is a community and consumer-focused nonprofit located in Milwaukee that
provides a variety of services to individuals age 60 or over, mostly related to health insurance and public benefits. This group will conduct outreach to the 60-64 population in Wisconsin, using community education, client contacts and agency relationships that SeniorLAW has established throughout Southeastern Wisconsin.
National Council of Urban Indian Health*
Anticipated grant amount: $35,000
National Council of Urban Indian Health is the only national, membership-based organization dedicated to outreach and education on behalf of Urban Indian Health. It provides training, technical assistance, outreach, and education to Urban Indian Health Programs.
National Healthy Start Association
Anticipated grant amount: $191,667
The National Healthy Start Association is a non-profit organization that works to improve birth outcomes and health disparities across the country through the federal Healthy Start programs. They will reach out to the uninsured population and provide education and assistance services for Marketplace enrollment.
R&B Receivables Management Corporation DBA R&B Solutions
Anticipated grant amount: $104,520
R&B Receivables Management Corporation currently works to connect uninsured and
underinsured individuals with coverage options to help them afford health care. They will expand their services to connect with a broader range of underserved populations, and leverage their experience screening people for eligibility for medical assistance programs to connect people with coverage.