UHPP Awarded $406,000 Federal Grant to Train Navigators

August 16, 2013
Author: Utah Business

Utah's work to give mor Utahns access to quality, affordable heath insurance got a big shot in the arm from the federal Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

The Utha Health Policy Project (UHHP), along with its partners, the Association for Utah Community Health (AUCH) and United Way of Salt Lake 2-1-1, were awarded a competitive grant from HHS to be the non-profit, community-based navigator in the the state of Utah. The three Utah nonprofits will receive around $406,000, part of the Utah's share of the $54 million made available to fun navigator programs around the country.

"Anyone who has shopped fro health insurance knows that it isn't a simple process," said Jason Cooke, interim executive director of UHPP. "Who wouldn't want a trained guide to help them find and understand their best options? Take Care Utah, the collaboration between UHPP, AUCH, and United Way 2-1-1, will be there from day one to help Utahns bring home the health insurance coverage they will need."

The three lead partners will team up with many other organizations around the state to organize and operate a navigator program to enroll Utah's more than 360,000 uninsured residents in the new coverage. Navigators are people trained to help others apply for health insurance and to understand the new options that will be made available through the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Because health insurance will soon become more accessible and affordable for Utah residents, the navigator program was developed at the community level to help people fill out application, apply for tax credits, and understand their new benefits.

Take Care Utah's navigators will be ready to help Utahns get covered whe the new marketplace opens October 1. "We are looking forward to helping more Utahns find health in surance that fits their budget," said Randal Serr, TCU's director. "We have parnered with some fantastic organizations that enjoy the high level of trust in their communities to get the job done."

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