More Funding Available for Navigators Across the Country for OE3

By Sophie Stern

We’ve all been eagerly awaiting the third annual federal grant opportunity announcement for Navigators — and now it’s here!

As we highlighted on our blog last week, the Navigator grants are being awarded for three years rather than one, which will allow Navigator programs to make longer-term plans and have greater programmatic stability to get consumers the help they need to get covered and stay covered.

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced a new funding opportunity this afternoon that’s larger than last year’s. HHS anticipates awarding $67 million for Navigators in federally facilitated and partnership marketplaces for the first year of the grant cycle. Funding for subsequent years will be announced incrementally based on funding availability.

This funding announcement shows a continued commitment to a program that is proven to make consumers more likely to enroll successfully, and represents more funding than was made available in advance of the second open enrollment period!

If your organization is interested in applying for a grant, letters of intent are due June 3, the deadline for applications is June 15, and HHS anticipates making the awards on September 2. Stay tuned for more details and guidance, including upcoming calls HHS is hosting.

Here at Enroll America, assisters are critical partners and we are eager to support groups from across the country who may be applying for Navigator funding. Some examples of ways we can help:

Enroll America will also be providing trainings over the next weeks, months, and years on critical tools and resources that will help Navigators prepare for a successful three-year grant period! We’ll keep you posted about opportunities for trainings and new tools to support in-person assistance.

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