Today, Congressman John D. Dingell (D-MI12) commended the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' (CMS) announcement of funding for the Michigan Health Insurance Marketplace's Navigator program, set to be awarded to four groups within the state. These state Navigators will serve as an in-person resource for Michigan residents who want additional assistance in shopping for and enrolling in health care plans within the Health Insurance Marketplace, which opens on October 1.
An estimated $2.54 million will be awarded to Michigan Consumers for Healthcare, the Arab Community Center for Economic & Social Services (ACCESS), Community Bridges Management Inc., and American Indian Health & Family Services of SE Michigan, Inc. to assist Michigan residents in the Marketplace.
"I've been working hard to see to it that the people of Southeast Michigan are as informed as possible on what the Affordable Care Act can and will do to help them, and the Navigator program is a welcomed and much-needed resource to make sure folks get in-person and immediate answers and assistance," said Dingell. "Whether it's a broad question on selecting the right affordable plan for their family or small business, or assistance with completing an application form, I look forward to working with these Navigators to make sure the people of Michigan's 12th Congressional District have every option available to them and help along the way. I'm especially proud to see this funding awarded to Michigan Consumers for Healthcare and ACCESS, two groups that are already doing such wonderful work right here in our district."
Michigan residents can create an account today to prepare for enrollment in the Health Insurance Marketplace on October 1, 2013 at www.HealthCare.gov.
Full details of Michigan's Navigator grant awards can be found below:
Michigan Consumers for Healthcare
Anticipated grant amount: $1,319,345
The Michigan Consumers for Healthcare (MCH) network includes statewide organizations and local affiliates with deep experience in conducting Medicaid and CHIP outreach and enrollment and health insurance counseling for uninsured and vulnerable individuals and families. The project will provide services in 10 Michigan Regions and Tribal Health Centers. These organizations reach low-income, vulnerable populations in every region and county in the state, guaranteeing that the project will serve Michigan residents regardless of where they live.
Arab Community Center for Economic & Social Services
Anticipated grant amount: $276,593
ACCESS is non-profit service agency that advocates for, empowers and enables individuals, families, and the Arab, Chaldean, and Bangladeshi American communities in metropolitan Detroit to achieve optimal health and wellness. Funds will be used to proactively reach out to and engage under/uninsured community members through local, multicultural electronic and print media, public access television and radio, and monthly ACCESS and community partner events, like weekly health "Expos" at the three County Public Health Offices.
Community Bridges Management Inc.
Anticipated grant amount: $896,366
Community Bridges Management, Inc. provides expert IPA services including medical network management, claims processing oversight, provider relations, medical care service, patient relations and services. Funds will be used to provide both training and resources to make the process of enrolling in a health plan easier and more understandable through one-on-one contact. Community Bridges will also conduct widespread outreach and education activities.
American Indian Health & Family Services of SE Michigan, Inc.
Anticipated grant amount: $49,583.50
American Indian Health and Family Services is a non-profit health organization serving a large number of the uninsured or under insured. Funds will be used to host educational forums, publications, provide self-service kiosks and expert personnel able to assist consumers to enroll in health plans.