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Navigators of the Health Insurance Marketplace may be Tapped by Small Employers Who Don’t Offer Health Plans

Release Date: 
Friday, August 16, 2013
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Advisory Date: 
Friday, August 16, 2013
Advisory Number: 
Barbara Calldwell, 816-426-4902


Navigators of the Health Insurance Marketplace may be Tapped by Small Employers Who Don’t Offer Health Plans

Kansas City – Individuals not covered by employee health care plans for 2014 and small businesses not offering coverage, may wish to consult Affordable Care Act Health Care Navigators between October 1 and December 31.

“Small business owners or their human resource coordinators may wish to provide group guidance to their employees as a service to them, if they choose not to offer employee-sponsored health plans in 2014,” said Kansas City District Office Director Roderick Cox.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced $67 million in grant awards to 105 Navigator grant applicants in Federally-facilitated and State Partnership Marketplaces. These Navigator grantees and staff will serve as in-person resources. Navigators are trained to provide information to consumers about health insurance, the new Health Insurance Marketplaces, qualified health plans, and public programs including Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program. Below are the recipients of Navigator grants in Federally-facilitated and State Partnership Marketplaces, located in Missouri and Kansas, that small business owners may wish to contact.  Also, HHS has recognized more than 100 national organizations and businesses who have volunteered to help Americans learn about the health care coverage available in the Marketplace.


Primaris Healthcare Business Solutions

Missouri Alliance of Area Agencies on Aging



Advanced Patient Advocacy, LLC*

Ascension Health*

Kansas Association for the Medically Underserved

The list of Champions for Coverage continues to grow across the nation as businesses and organizations are help consumers understand the coming options for quality, affordable coverage. Champions for Coverage, among others, include the American Medical Association; League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC); NAACP; National Baptist Convention and the National Partnership for Women and Families

For a list of Navigator awardees or more information about Navigators and other in-person assisters, please visit: http://cciio.cms.gov/programs/exchanges/assistance.html

Click here to learn more about organizations participating in Champions for Coverage: http://marketplace.cms.gov/help-us/champions-for-coverage-list.pdf.


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