Cooperative Agreement to Support Navigators in Federally-facilitated Exchanges

Active
Yes
Status
Posted
Published Date
June 7th, 2024
Close Date
July 8th, 2024
Total Funding
$100,000,000.00
Award Ceiling
$16,792,500.00
Award Floor
$0.00
Expected No. Awards
120
Opportunity No.
CMS-NAV-24-001

Agency

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (HHS-CMS)

Eligible Applicants

Unrestricted

Funding Category

Affordable Care Act

Funding Instrument

Cooperative Agreement

Opportunity Category

Discretionary

Cost Sharing or Matching Requirement

Yes

Summary

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is offering a Cooperative Agreement to Support Navigators in Federally-facilitated Exchanges. This funding opportunity aims to enable recipients to operate as Exchange Navigators in states with a Federally facilitated Exchange (FFE), as authorized by the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Navigators play a crucial role in helping consumers prepare applications, determine eligibility, and enroll in coverage through the Exchanges. They also provide outreach and education to raise awareness about the Exchanges, particularly targeting underserved and vulnerable populations. The funding available through this opportunity will allow FFE Navigators to expand their reach and focus on outreach to diverse communities. This opportunity is forecasted and falls under the category of Affordable Care Act. The estimated total program funding is $90,000,000, with an expected number of 60 awards. Eligible applicants include various entities such as nonprofit groups, associations, chambers of commerce, tribes, and licensed insurance agents. The last updated date for this opportunity is July 31, 2023, and the estimated synopsis post date is May 1, 2024, with a synopsis close date of July 1, 2024. For more information, interested parties can contact navigatorgrants@cms.hhs.gov.

Description

The Cooperative Agreement to Support Navigators in Federally-facilitated Exchanges (Funding Opportunity) will enable recipients to operate as Exchange Navigators in states with a Federally facilitated Exchange (FFE), as authorized by the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Each year, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) makes grant awards to organizations who serve as Navigators in FFE states. Navigators help consumers prepare applications to establish eligibility and enroll in coverage through the Exchanges, and help determine whether consumers potentially qualify for insurance affordability programs. They also provide outreach and education to raise awareness about the Exchanges. As trusted community partners, Navigators are required to provide targeted assistance to underserved and vulnerable populations within the Exchange service area, which is critical to improving access to health care coverage for communities that often experience a disproportionate burden of disease. In furtherance of the Biden Administration’s goals on ensuring access to and expanding affordable and high-quality health care coverage and improving health equity, Navigators are well positioned to reach historically underserved and vulnerable communities, especially those who continue to face significant health disparities. Navigators operate year-round—increasing awareness among the remaining uninsured about the coverage options available to them, helping consumers find affordable coverage that meets their needs, and assisting consumers beyond the enrollment process to ensure they’re equipped with the tools and resources needed to utilize and maintain their health coverage all year. The increased funding available to applicants through this Funding Opportunity will enable FFE Navigators to further expand their reach, with a renewed focus on outreach to diverse, underserved, and vulnerable communities.

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Opportunity Lifecycle

Title
Type
Grant