HHS To Spend $4 Million On More Obamacare Navigators

By  //  December 17, 2013

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BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA — According to U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, HHS will spend $4.4 million on Sunshine State community health groups tasked with Affordable Care Act  “outreach and enrollment.”

The $4.4 million will be added to $8 million that Florida groups have already received to hire 163 health center workers, or navigators, and to meet the grant program’s stated goal of 158,000 Sunshine State insurance enrollments. The new funding is aimed at expanding navigators’ hours and hiring even more Obamacare workers.

Kathleen Sebelius
Kathleen Sebelius

“This investment means that health centers can provide expanded assistance for people in communities nationwide looking for resources to help them understand their insurance options and enroll in affordable coverage,” HHS secretary Kathleen Sebelius said in a statement.

According to the December enrollment report issued by HHS, 17,908 Floridians selected an Obamacare exchange plan after the first two months of the program’s online launch.

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