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 been a reporter for nearly a decade. Before joining AIS Health, Peter covered a wide variety of topics in his hometown of Seattle, where he continues to live. Peter’s work has appeared in publications including The Atlantic and The Stranger. Peter attended Colby College.

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