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Friday, April 11, 2013

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Big Week for Health Reform in Illinois

Typically we update you monthly, but we're making an unexpected visit to your inbox with some fast breaking news you can really use. Know anyone else who wants to keep up with health reform in Illinois? Urge them to sign up too!

It's here! Navigator Grant Application Released by the Federal Government
This week, CMS published its Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) to support Navigators in Federally-facilitated and State Partnership Marketplaces (like Illinois). Navigators are individuals and entities that will provide unbiased information to consumers about health insurance, the new Health Insurance Marketplace, qualified health plans, and public programs including Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program.
  • See here for the grant application, due June 7, 2013 (P.S. Illinois was apportioned $2,340,341 - based on the number of uninsured in the state).
  • View the full press release in English here and Spanish here
  • Need help applying? Go to our Events page for a list of technical assistance calls from Families USA, the Federal Government and Enroll America
  • View the fact sheet on helping consumers apply & enroll through the Marketplace here
  • View the fact sheet on the Navigator FOA here
  • View the Frequently Asked Questions on the Navigator FOA here
  • View the overview of applying here
But Wait, There's More! This Week, Illinois Was Awarded a $115 Million Federal Grant for Its Health Insurance Marketplace
This award will help pay for consumer outreach and enrollment assistance, as well as a public awareness and marketing campaign. Grant opportunities for community-based organizations and others to serve as In Person Assisters should be available by May 1, 2013.
  • Here's the Governor's Press Release announcing the award
  • Read the Illinois Health Insurance Marketplace Outreach & Consumer Education Plan
  • Read the RFP for the Health Insurance Marketplace Marketing and Outreach Campaign. An optional bidder's conference was held on Thursday, April 11th.

We've summed all of this up in our recent blog post here, which we will update as we learn more!

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