The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has awarded more than half-a-million dollars to two organizations that will help Mainers sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. As Patty Wight reports, it’s the latest injection of federal money to help educate the public, as the grand opening of the online insurance marketplace approaches.
The grant money is to fund so-called “navigators,” who will help those who need to buy health insurance on the online marketplace that opens Oct. 1 understand their options. Western Maine Community Action received $475,000, which will be used in a number of ways, says their health services navigator Jake Grindle.
“Education and outreach to help people understand what’s changing in health care,” Grindle says. “And we’ll also be providing assistance to people who need help with the enrollment and application process for new insurance options that’ll be offered through the health insurance marketplace.”