THE WOODLANDS, Texas, Aug. 15, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius today announced $67 million in grant awards to 105 Navigator grant applicants in Federally-facilitated and State Partnership Marketplaces. Cardon Outreach is honored to be one of the recipients of the Navigator grant awards announced today. Navigator grantees and their staff will serve as an in-person resource for Americans who want additional assistance in shopping for and enrolling in plans in the Health Insurance Marketplace beginning this fall. While the announcement is the first step in the grant process, Cardon Outreach is excited to embark on this new partnership that will allow it to assist uninsured Americans obtain access to healthcare.
"For over 20 years our team has worked hard to find ways to help Americans find and enroll in affordable coverage," said Mark H. Robinson, CEO. "The opportunity to work as a Navigator aligns perfectly with the mission of our organization – to ease the financial burden of healthcare on Americans all over the country, each and every day. We are honored by this award."
Navigators are trained to provide unbiased information in a culturally competent manner to consumers about health insurance, the new Health Insurance Marketplaces, qualified health plans, and public programs including Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program. The Navigator funding opportunity announcement was open to eligible private and public groups and people who are self-employed who met certain standards to promote effectiveness, diversity, and program integrity.
Navigators will be required to adhere to strict security and privacy standards – including how to safeguard a consumer's personal information. They will be required to complete 20-30 hours of training to be certified, will take additional training throughout the year, and will renew their certification yearly. All types of enrollment assisters – including in-person assisters, Certified Application Counselors, and agents and brokers – are required to complete specific training and are subject to federal criminal penalties for violations of privacy or fraud statutes, on top of any relevant state law penalties.
About Cardon Outreach
Cardon Outreach has over 20 years of experience in outreach and enrollment. Cardon Outreach offers a suite of services and technology solutions designed to aid healthcare facilities, and patients. Services offered by Cardon Outreach include: Navigator Services, Medicaid Eligibility, Third-Party Liability, Appeals & Denials Management, Out-of-State Medicaid Enrollment and Billing, Disability Advocacy, and ACO Churn Mitigation.
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