Federal Government Awards Nearly $11 Million to Texas Organizations Who Promote New Insurance Marketplace
The federal government awarded almost $11 million in grants Thursday to Texas organizations that will help people sign up for health coverage in the new insurance marketplace.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services split $67 million among 105 organizations in 34 states where the federal government is running all or part of the marketplace.
The organizations receiving the funds — called “navigators” — include community groups, health care providers and other local agencies.
Eight organizations in Texas, with the highest rate of uninsured in the nation, received nearly 16 percent of the grants.
Texas has opted out of running a health insurance marketplace under the Affordable Care Act, leaving it to the federal government to run one for state residents. Enrollment begins Oct. 1.
The navigators, officials said, are critical to the success of the new healthcare law. They will serve as in-person resources for people who want assistance sorting through the marketplace.