Expanded Navigator Funds Could Help Boost Enrollment

The Biden administration has awarded $80 million in grants to 60 organizations to hire more than 1,500 health exchange Navigators, according to HHS. One expert predicts the move will help boost overall enrollment in exchange plans and Medicaid — and help match enrollees to the right kind of coverage.

In an Aug. 27 press release, HHS said the increased Navigator funding is intended to improve health insurance coverage for underserved and disadvantaged groups. During the Trump administration, funding for Navigators was cut dramatically, dropping from $63 million in 2016 to $10 million in 2018 and 2019.

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Peter Johnson

Peter Johnson

Peter has worked as a journalist since 2011 and has covered health care since 2020. At AIS Health, Peter covers trends in finance, business and policy that affect the health insurance and pharma sectors. For Health Plan Weekly, he covers all aspects of the U.S. health insurance sector, including employer-sponsored insurance, Medicaid managed care, Medicare Advantage and the Affordable Care Act individual marketplaces. In Radar on Drug Benefits, Peter covers the operations of (and conflicts between) pharmacy benefit managers and pharmaceutical manufacturers, with a particular focus on pricing dynamics and market access. Before joining AIS Health, Peter covered transportation, public safety and local government for various outlets in Seattle, his hometown and current place of residence. He graduated with a B.A. from Colby College.

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