Payne Announces $1,205,393 Awarded In Navigator Grants to Organizations that Serve His District

Aug 15, 2013 Issues: Health Care

Newark, N.J. – Today, Congressman Donald M. Payne, Jr. (NJ-10) announced that $1,205,393 has been awarded in Navigator grants to organizations that serve New Jersey’s 10th Congressional District.  These organizations and their staff will provide in-person assistance to consumers in New Jersey who want additional help in shopping for and enrolling in plans in the Health Insurance Marketplaces beginning this fall.

“The Navigators will play a key role in helping New Jerseyans understand their coverage options in the Marketplace,” Rep. Payne, Jr. said.  “There will also be many other resources like community health centers that will help with enrollment, and HHS will train certified application counselors who will be providing in-person assistance.”   

The Navigators will be trained to provide unbiased information to consumers about the Health Insurance Marketplaces, qualified health plans, and public programs such as Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program.  HHS will train Navigators to strictly adhere to security and privacy standards – including how to safeguard a consumer’s personal information – and will be required to meet these standards.  If a Navigator fails to adhere to such standards, they will be subject to state and federal criminal penalties for violations of privacy and fraud statutes.

Below are the recipients of Navigator grants in Federally-facilitated and State Partnership Marketplaces who serve New Jersey’s 10th Congressional District:

Wendy Sykes - Orange ACA Navigator Project

Anticipated grant amount: $239,810

The Orange ACA Navigator Project (OACANP) will integrate several successfully existing community-based systems to serve as a guide to help uninsured residents and small businesses in underserved and vulnerable populations. OACANP will help consumers learn about insurance options and assist with enrollment in health plans through the competitive health insurance marketplace.

The Urban League of Hudson County

Anticipated grant amount: $565,000

The Urban League of Hudson County (ULHC) is a community-based organization dedicated to advocating, facilitating, and promoting initiatives that allow local residents to participate in the development of urban neighborhoods. ULHC will partner with the Urban League of Bergen County, the Urban League of Morris County, and the Urban League of Union County to assist consumers in enrolling in the Marketplace.

Public Health Solutions

Anticipated grant amount: $400,583

Public Health Solutions (PHS) is one of the largest non-profit organizations in New York City. PHS will partner with four community-based organizations in New Jersey to provide outreach and enrollment assistance in Hudson and Essex Counties.

For a list of the organizations in New jersey that were awarded Navigator grants, click here.  

“Beginning on October 1, millions of Americans will have access to quality, affordable health coverage that meets the individual needs of consumers and their families,” Rep. Payne, Jr. continued.  “This Navigator program will play a vital role in helping consumers find the best plan for them.”

Consumers can now learn about the Marketplaces through  HHS has also launched a 24-hours-a-day consumer call center ready to answer questions about the new Marketplaces and how to get ready for enrollment in 150 languages. Customer service representatives are available for assistance via a toll-free number at 1-800-318-2596 and hearing impaired callers using TTY/TDD technology can dial 1-855-889-4325 for assistance.