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Updated: 10/17/2013 9:10 pm

Aug. 16, 2013 -- The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded $67 million in grants to 105 organizations that will help people buy health insurance and understand their options in the new health insurance Marketplaces. The grants will go to health care providers, nonprofit organizations, and business groups in 34 states to train insurance “navigators” as part of the Affordable Care Act. The grants are for states where the federal government will run the Marketplace and for states that are partnering with the feds. States that run their own Marketplaces have separate navigator programs.  

Navigators are supposed to be fair and unbiased helpers who may not accept money from insurance companies. They must complete 20 to 30 hours of training and be certified by the state.

In July, the HHS also awarded $150 million to more than 1,000 community health centers and clinics to help people buy insurance in the Marketplaces, also called Exchanges. Insurance brokers also can assist people with their insurance questions and help them sign up for a health plan through their state’s Marketplace.

Here is the full list of organizations and their expected grants:

Alaska

  • Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium, $300,000
  • United Way of Anchorage, $299,918

Alabama

  • Ascension Health*, $202,706
  • AIDS Alabama, Inc., $501,380
  • Samford University, $326,794
  • Catholic Social Services (Archdiocese of Mobile), $20,750
  • Tombigbee Healthcare Authority, $392,356

Arkansas

  • Southern United Neighborhoods*, $270,193
  • University of Arkansas (The Arkansas Navigator Coalition), $774,745

Arizona

  • Arizona Association of Community Health Centers, $1,344,096
  • Arizona Board of Regents, University of Arizona (Center for Rural Health at the University of Arizona), $190,268
  • Greater Phoenix Urban League, Inc., $523,773
  • Campesinos Sin Fronteras, Inc., $71,386

Delaware

  • Chatman, LLC, $510,577

Florida

  • University of South Florida (Florida Covering Kids & Families), $4,213,696
  • Epilepsy Foundation of Florida, $637,686
  • Advanced Patient Advocacy, LLC*, $413,152.20
  • Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County, Inc., $446,783
  • Pinellas County Board of County Commissioners, $600,000
  • National Hispanic Council on Aging*, $646,825.50
  • Cardon Healthcare Network, LLC DBA Cardon Outreach*, $238,000
  • Mental Health America*, $683,691

Georgia

  • Structured Employment Economic Development Corporation, $2,159,360
  • University of Georgia (College of Family and Consumer Sciences and Cooperative Extension Service), $1,657,378

Iowa

  • Genesis Health System*, $128,430
  • Visiting Nurse Services of Iowa, $257,142
  • Planned Parenthood of the Heartland*, $214,427

Illinois

  • Genesis Health System*, $137,283
  • Sinai Health System, $157,271
  • DuPage County Health Department, $182,543
  • Southern Illinois Healthcare Foundation, $240,113
  • A Safe Haven Foundation, $324,736
  • Mercy Hospital and Medical Center, $452,590
  • The Puerto Rican Cultural Center, Inc., $600,000
  • Illinois College of Optometry, $504,016
  • VNA Health Care, $132,737
  • The East Los Angeles Community Union, $294,182
  • National Council of Urban Indian Health*, $35,000

Indiana

  • Affiliated Service Providers of Indiana, Inc., $897,150
  • Plus One Enterprise, LTD, LLC, $130,875
  • Health and Hospital Corporation of Marion County, $590,985
  • United Way Worldwide, $424,586

Kansas

  • Advanced Patient Advocacy, LLC*, $195,556
  • Ascension Health*, $165,683
  • Kansas Association for the Medically Underserved, $524,846

Louisiana

  • Southern United Neighborhoods*, $486,123
  • Martin Luther King Health Center, Inc., $81,066
  • Southwest Louisiana Area Health Education Center, $1,099,985.80
  • Capital Area Agency on Aging, District II, Inc., $100,000

Maine

  • Western Maine Community Action, $475,000
  • Fishing Partnership Health Plan, $66,846

Michigan

  • Community Bridges Management Inc., $896,366
  • Arab Community Center for Economic & Social Services, $276,593
  • American Indian Health & Family Services of SE Michigan, Inc., $49,583.50
  • Michigan Consumers for Healthcare, $1,319,345

Missouri

  • Primaris Healthcare Business Solutions, $1,045,624
  • Missouri Alliance of Area Agencies on Aging, $750,000

Mississippi

  • Oak Hill Missionary Baptist Church Ministries, $317,742
  • University of Mississippi Medical Center, $831,986

Montana

  • Intermountain Planned Parenthood, Inc., $295,604
  • Montana Primary Care Association, Inc., $299,382
  • Rural Health Development DBA Montana Health Network, $143,076

North Carolina

  • Randolph Hospital, Inc., $352,320
  • Mountain Projects, Inc., $359,750
  • North Carolina Community Care Networks, $1,988,428
  • Alcohol/Drug Council of North Carolina, $324,798

North Dakota

  • Great Plains Tribal Chairmen’s Health Board*, $186,000
  • Minot State University, North Dakota Center for Persons with Disabilities, $414,000

Nebraska

  • Community Action of Nebraska, Inc., $562,457
  • Ponca Tribe of Nebraska, $37,543

New Hampshire

  • Bi-State Primary Care Association, $434,839
  • Planned Parenthood of Northern New England, $145,161

New Jersey

  • Center for Family Services, Inc., $677,797
  • Wendy Sykes - Orange ACA Navigator Project, $239,810
  • The Urban League of Hudson County, $565,000
  • Public Health Solutions, $400,583
  • FoodBank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties, Inc., $137,217

Ohio

  • Ohio Association of Foodbanks, $1,958,961
  • Children’s Hospital Medical Center, $124,419
  • Clermont Recovery Center, Inc., $44,938
  • Helping Hands Community Outreach Center, $230,920
  • Neighborhood Health Association, $684,630

Oklahoma

  • Cardon Healthcare Network, LLC DBA Cardon Outreach*, $178,500
  • Oklahoma Community Health Centers, Inc., $860,866
  • Little Dixie Community Action Agency, Inc., $580,733

Pennsylvania

  • Resources for Human Development, Inc., $953,176
  • Pennsylvania Association of Community Health Centers, $694,380
  • Pennsylvania Mental Health Consumers’ Association, $380,000
  • Cardon Healthcare Network, LLC DBA Cardon Outreach*, $178,500
  • Mental Health America*, $503,129

South Carolina

  • DECO Recovery Management LLC, $1,211,203
  • The Cooperative Ministry, $508,313
  • Beaufort County Black Chamber of Commerce, $234,099.21

South Dakota

  • South Dakota Community Action Partnership, $336,000
  • Great Plains Tribal Chairmen’s Health Board*, $264,000

Tennessee

  • Structured Employment Economic Development Corporation*, $1,216,013
  • Tennessee Primary Care Association, $781,265

Texas

  • United Way of Metropolitan Tarrant County, $5,889,181
  • Migrant Health Promotion, Inc., $589,750
  • National Hispanic Council on Aging*, $646,825
  • Change Happens, $785,000
  • United Way of El Paso County, $642,121
  • Southern United Neighborhoods*, $600,678
  • East Texas Behavioral Healthcare Network, $1,337,520
  • National Urban League, 376,800

Utah

  • Utah Healthy Policy Project, $406,788
  • Utah AIDS Foundation, $126,258
  • Cardon Healthcare Network, LLC DBA Cardon Outreach, $238,000
  • National Council of Urban Indian Health*, $35,000

Virginia

  • Virginia Poverty Law Center, Inc., $1,278,592
  • Advanced Patient Advocacy, LLC*, $483,433

Wisconsin

  • Partners for Community Development, Inc., $315,720
  • Northwest Wisconsin Concentrated Employment Program, Inc., $285,035
  • Legal Action of Wisconsin, Inc./SeniorLAW, $70,000
  • National Council of Urban Indian Health*, $35,000
  • National Healthy Start Association, $191,667
  • R&B Receivables Management Corporation DBA R&B Solutions, $104,520

West Virginia

  • Advanced Patient Advocacy, LLC*, $276,617
  • West Virginia Parent Training and Information, Inc., $365,758

Wyoming

  • Memorial Hospital of Laramie County DBA Cheyenne Regional, $401,281
  • Wyoming Senior Citizens, Inc., $198,719

(*) Organization is operating in more than one state

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