Posted on August 15, 2013
The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced today the entities receiving grants to serve as Navigators in federally-facilitated and state-partnership Marketplaces. As required by the Affordable Care Act (ACA), navigators are individuals and businesses tasked with assisting applicants in their plan selection within the health insurance Marketplaces. HHS stated that $67 million in grants will be dispersed amongst 105 Navigators, which consist of various care providers, schools, community groups, health departments, Planned Parenthood, and other groups.
Posted on April 9, 2013
This afternoon, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released a funding opportunity announcement (FOA) for Navigators in Federally-facilitated and State Partnership Marketplaces. Navigators are charged with providing impartial education and guidance to consumers about the public and private health insurance options available to them in their state health insurance Marketplaces, which are currently being created as a result of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The FOA is available for self-employed individuals, as well as public and private organizations interested in becoming Navigators. The maximum amount of funding available is $54 million, and applications are due by June 7th, 2013.
Posted on May 17, 2012
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) awarded another $181 million in health insurance exchange establishment grants yesterday, bringing the total amount allotted to such grants to $1 billion. The six recipients of the grants, Illinois, Nevada, Oregon, South Dakota, Tennessee and Washington, will use the grants to establish Affordable Insurance Exchanges, which will help consumers and small businesses choose a private health insurance plan. These comprehensive health plans will ensure consumers have the same kinds of insurance choices as members of Congress. Including the most recent awards, 34 states and the District of Columbia have received Establishment grants to fund their progress toward building Exchanges.
States must indicate by the beginning of 2013 whether they will operate an Exchange on their own or in partnership with the federal government. Otherwise, HHS will fully oversee the establishment of the state’s Exchange.
Posted on September 15, 2011
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has announced the awarding of $10 million to 129 entities around the country that intend on becoming community health centers. The money was made available by the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and will be used to develop new health centers, which provide access to care for many medically under-served Americans.
Posted on August 1, 2011
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has announced more than $70 million in new grants to help support nursing workforce development. The money will be used to support additional nursing education and training, nursing school loan programs, and promoting diversity in the field.
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Posted on February 17, 2011
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has awarded “Early Innovator” grants to seven states for their efforts in designing cutting-edge I.T. systems. The awards total $241 million and are intended to help the Early Innovator states develop transferrable technology that can be used in other states as they progress toward fully implementing Exchanges.
Posted on February 10, 2011
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has announced $750 million in funding for prevention and public health in the United States. Funded through the Prevention and Public Health Fund, this allocation contains $250 million of new money to strengthen clinical and community prevention efforts and public health infrastructure around the country. “This investment is going to build on the prevention work already under way to help make sure that we are working effectively across the federal government as well as with private groups and state and local governments to help Americans live longer, healthier lives,” Sebelius said.
Posted on November 22, 2010
Today, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced $290 million in new funding from the Affordable Care Act (ACA) for the National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Loan Repayment Program to help increase the number of primary care providers in medically underserved areas. These funds will allow $60,000 in loan debt forgiveness to medical, dental, and mental health primary care providers who commit to practicing 2 years in an NHSC-designated service area. Additionally, the ACA allows for more leeway in administering NHSC funds, such as the opportunity to work full-time or half-time, as well as total loan forgiveness for a commitment of six years.
Posted on November 22, 2010
On November 19, 2010, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced $8 million in grant money to community-based organizations that support community health centers. These grants are funded out of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and are designed to pay for enhanced training and technical assistance to help modernize community health centers.
Posted on October 1, 2010
Forty eight states and the District of Columbia have received grants from the Department of Health and Human Services, of up to one million dollars each, to prepare for the state-based insurance exchanges that will open in 2014.