Congresswoman Terri Sewell

Representing the 7th District of Alabama
 

Rep. Sewell Announces Over $2.3 Million in Health Navigator Grant Funding to AIDS Alabama

Aug 29, 2022
Press Release

Birmingham, AL - Today U.S. Rep. Terri Sewell announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), awarded AIDS Alabama a $2,342,245 grant for its Navigator funding. This grant is a part of the $98.9 million grant funding returning to Navigator organizations ahead of the 2023 Open Enrollment Period to provide additional assistance to Alabamians shopping for and enrolling in plans through the Marketplace, Medicaid, and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). Enroll Alabama, AIDS Alabama’s health care navigator program, has been federally funded since the program’s inception in 2013. 

“This is great news! Enroll Alabama has been a beacon of hope for countless Alabamians, serving as a critical resource in our work to get people in every corner of the state enrolled in health coverage. Since the Navigator program was created with the implementation of the Affordable Care Act in 2013, I have heard directly from countless Alabamians who enrolled in health coverage for the first time in their lives thanks to an Enroll Alabama Navigator who helped them sign up,” said Rep. Sewell.  “Thanks to this investment, Enroll Alabama will be able to retain staff and hire more navigators to help Alabamians find affordable, comprehensive health coverage.”

“AIDS Alabama and the Enroll Alabama program are thrilled to receive these funds. With this award, we will be staffed with 22 Navigators throughout the state of Alabama and our Navigators are ready to assist consumers with their healthcare enrollment needs in both English and Spanish,” said AIDS Alabama Director of Policy and Advocacy Vanessa Tate Finney, MPH, CPH. “Navigators also attend community events such as health and resource fairs to assist consumers with healthcare.gov, Medicaid, and AllKids enrollment. Not sure if you’re eligible for health insurance assistance? Give us a call and we’re happy to help!” 

 “This is a historic investment to connect people to high-quality, affordable health care,” said Secretary of Health and Human Services Xavier Becerra. “Last year, our investments helped result in the lowest uninsured rate in our nation’s history. This year, we’re doubling down on our efforts to ensure people get the insurance they need. Navigators critically help us reach people where they are, educating them on their health insurance options that can be lifesaving.”

“Reaching people where they are is a key part of our strategy to connect people to health coverage. Navigators were incredibly effective during the last Open Enrollment period when a historic number of people signed up and now we are doubling down on investing in community Navigators who can help people find the coverage they need,” said Administrator for Medicare and Medicaid Services Chiquita Brooks-LaSure. “For those changing coverage or who struggle to afford health insurance, there are a variety of options to help.  The Health Insurance Marketplace and state-based Marketplaces can offer no-cost or low-cost coverage to millions of people.”

Background 

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), is investing $98.9 million in grant funding to 59 returning Navigator organizations for the 2023 Open Enrollment Period to help consumers navigate enrollment through the Marketplace, Medicaid, and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and make health coverage more equitable and accessible to everyone. These awards will enable Navigator organizations to retain staff and add to the more than 1,500 existing Navigators who were trained to help consumers find affordable, comprehensive health coverage in nearly every HealthCare.govstate and county during the 2022 open enrollment period. This follows a historic Open Enrollment Period in 2022 and is part of the Biden-Harris Administration’s efforts to enroll more people in health care coverage.

This announcement marks the single largest Navigator funding award provided to date and serves as a continuation of historic levels of funding. The Biden-Harris Administration previously awarded $80 million to the program, quadrupling the number of Navigators for the 2022 Open Enrollment Period. More than 1,500 certified Navigators held more than 1,800 outreach and education events at accessible areas—such as local libraries, vaccination clinics, food drives, county fairs, and job fairs. This historic investment in outreach and enrollment efforts helped contribute to the record-breaking 14.5 million people who signed up for 2022 health care coverage through the Marketplaces, including nearly 6 million people who newly gained coverage.

For additional information on the grant click here.

For additional information on AIDS Alabama click here.


 

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