PPHF 2013 Cooperative Agreement to Support Navigators in Federally-facilitated and State Partnership

Section 1311(i) of the Affordable Care Act authorizes Exchange Navigators in States with a Federally-facilitated Exchange (FFE).

Exchanges are required to develop and implement Navigator grant programs.

Navigators will serve consumers in States with an FFE, including State Partnership Exchanges.

As
health reform implementation continues, consumers will benefit from understanding new programs, taking advantage of new protections, and navigating the system to find the most affordable coverage that meets their needs.

Exchange Navigators are intended to assist consumers in those areas in the following ways:
• Maintain expertise in eligibility, enrollment, and program specifications and conduct public education activities to raise awareness about the Exchange;
• Provide information and services in a fair, accurate, and impartial manner.

Such information must acknowledge other health programs (e.g., Medicaid, Children s Health Insurance Program (CHIP));
• Facilitate selection of a QHP;
• Provide referrals to any applicable office of health insurance consumer assistance or health insurance ombudsman established under Section 2793 of the Public Health Service (PHS) Act, or any other appropriate State agency or agencies, for any enrollee with a grievance, complaint, or question regarding their health plan, coverage, or a determination under such plan or coverage; and
• Provide information in a manner that is culturally and linguistically appropriate to the needs of the population being served by the Exchange, including individuals with limited English proficiency, and ensure accessibility and usability of Navigator tools, such as fact sheets, and functions for individuals with disabilities in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act.

Agency - Department of Health and Human Services

The Department of Health and Human Services is the Federal government's principal agency for protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services, especially to those who are least able to help themselves.

Office - See Regional Agency Offices.

Programmatic Questions
Navigatorgrants@cms.hhs.gov
Administrative Questions
Michelle Feagins
Grants Management Division
Office of Acquisition and Grants Management
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
Department of Health and Human Services
Michelle.Feagins@cms.hhs.gov
1-301-492-4312.