It’s official: Today, we found out who the next round of federal Navigators will be, and we’re looking forward to working with them to help people get covered and stay covered.
The Department of Health and Human Services just announced $67 million in grant awards to 100 organizations that will serve as Navigators in states using HealthCare.gov. Click here to download the full list of awardees.
Navigators will be working day in and day out to give people the kind of face-to-face application and enrollment help that makes them more likely to get covered. In fact, data from the most recent enrollment period showed that in states using HealthCare.gov, people who got in-person assistance were nearly 60 percent more likely to successfully enroll.
Another reason we’re enthusiastic about today’s announcement: Unlike the first two rounds of Navigator grant awards, the 2015 grants will last for three years. That’s great news because Navigators will be able to make longer-term plans, expect more programmatic stability, and maintain year-to-year relationships with consumers.
We’re excited to work alongside these Navigators — and the rest of the assistance community — to reach, inform, and enroll people who haven’t gotten covered yet, and also to make sure people who’ve enrolled are able to stay covered.
Here’s a sampling of the resources we offer partners:
- Get Covered Connector: Is your in-person assistance organization featured on the Get Covered Connector? It’s a digital tool (available in English and Spanish) consumers can use to look where they can get local help, and even schedule appointments with Connector partners.
- Get Covered Calculator: Simply put, the online Calculator tool is one of the most effective ways we’ve found of motivating people to take the next step in enrollment. The tool gives users a personalized estimate of how much financial help they could qualify for, and is available in English and Spanish.
- Get Covered Plan Explorer: After the last open enrollment period, almost half the uninsured said they lacked the confidence to select a health plan. During the third open enrollment period, consumers in states using HealthCare.gov will be able to use the Plan Explorer as a comparison tool, giving them get personalized estimates on how much they could actually pay for health care services using different plans. By giving out-of-pocket cost estimates that go beyond just the monthly premium, the tool will empower consumers to pick the plan that best fits their needs and their budget.
- Get Covered Academy: A suite of in-depth training and support services for organizations working on outreach and enrollment. Sign up to learn more about how the Get Covered Academy can enhance your work.
- Health Insurance Literacy Resource Hub: Working on making health insurance more understandable so that more enrollees stay covered? Check out this interactive, sortable collection of resources you can use to promote health insurance literacy.
It’s a big day for the assistance community, and we’re eager to congratulate the awardees — and get to work, together.