KHN: $60 Million For 34 States To Boost Obamacare Enrollment

By Phil Galewitz

Two Planned Parenthood chapters, two United Way organizations, a food bank association and a Catholic hospital system are among 90 nonprofit groups that will receive a total of $60 millionto help people sign up for health insurance, the Department of Health and Human Services announced today.

The money will help people in 34 states that rely on the federal government fully or in part for their Affordable Care Act insurance exchanges, where individuals can buy  Obamacare policies. States with their own exchanges have separate funding to help consumers get assistance.

On the phone and in person, navigators help people understand the health law’s new benefits, including evaluating health plans for sale on the marketplaces, also known as exchanges. They have to balance explaining what’s offered without expressly telling people which policy to choose.

The second year of the exchanges open enrollment runs from Nov. 15-Feb. 15. In the first year, despite the disastrous rollout last October, more than 8 million people signed up for private insurance. Enrollment in Medicaid, the state-federal insurance program for the poor, grew by more than 7 million.

Continue reading here: http://capsules.kaiserhealthnews.org/index.php/2014/09/60-million-for-34-states-to-boost-obamacare-enrollment/

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