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Yesterday, the Department of Health and Human Services announced that AIDS Alabama, Inc, Samford University, Tombigbee Healthcare Authority, Ascension Health, and Catholic Social Services Archdiocese of Alabama have been awarded up to $1,443,986 in Navigator grants. These critical resources will be used to provide in-person assistance to Alabamians who need additional help in shopping for and enrolling in plans in the Health Insurance Marketplace beginning October 1st.

In the 7th Congressional District, AIDS Alabama, Inc, Samford University and Tombigbee Healthcare Authority were granted a combined total of $1,220,530. Ascension Health and the Catholic Social Services Archdiocese of Alabama received a total of $223,456 in Navigator grants.

“It is my hope that these organizations will use these resources to educate and assist uninsured individuals in every community across Alabama on how to shop for and enroll in plans in the Health Insurance Marketplace.” Congresswoman Terri A. Sewell said. “I am proud of the work these organizations do to provide essential primary and preventative health care for the people of Alabama. I am confident these organizations will provide a network of on the ground experts to help educate all Alabamians on how to get enrolled and to find the plan that best fits their healthcare needs.” 

We have already seen many benefits of the healthcare law across Alabama and the 7th Congressional District. In the 7th District alone, up to 38,000 children with preexisting conditions can no longer be denied coverage by health insurers. Across Alabama, 1.1 million individuals with private insurance can now receive preventative services at no extra cost. Small businesses will now have access to the same affordable health plans only previously offered to large businesses. These are just three examples of how Alabamians have already benefited from the healthcare law.

“I am looking forward to October 1st when the largest benefits of the law will be available to consumers through the health insurance marketplaces.” Rep. Sewell concluded, “My office will be working with these organizations, several primary healthcare providers in the rural parts of the 7th District and HHS officials to educate and assist my constituents as the marketplaces open.  We must remain committed to building upon the benefits of the ACA by making outreach and education our number one priority in the implementation of this critical legislation.”


Contact: Hillary Beard