We are quickly approaching the start of open enrollment, when millions of Americans will finally be able to apply for affordable, quality health coverage that will go into effect on January 1. But many people are still unsure of how and where they can apply for coverage. To help clear up the confusion, I sat down with two of our enrollment experts at Families USA—Rachel Klein, Director of our new National Enrollment Assister Support Center, and Elaine Saly, Health Policy Analyst—to get answers for some of the most common questions about enrollment.
Recently, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) awarded $150 million in grants to 1,159 health centers across the nation to go toward building out their outreach and enrollment programs. These funds are expected to allow the health centers to hire an additional 2,900 outreach and enrollment workers who will be available to help millions of Americans enroll in new health coverage options starting October 1, 2013.
Elaine Saly is a health policy analyst at Families USA and developer of the Navigators and In-Person Assisters Resource Center. She recently composed a toolkit and presentation on the navigator program, a new grant opportunity for existing organizations to expand their services by conducting outreach and assisting individuals with enrolling in health care coverage through the insurance exchanges. She discussed the program and this exciting opportunity with us.
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