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August 15, 2013

HHS awards $67 million to Navigators and recognizes SAGE as part of the 'Champions for Coverage' Network

Sec-bio-picKathleen Sebelius, HHS Secretary

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. The full press release highlights new resources available to consumers to navigate the Health Insurance Marketplace. In addition to the Navigators, a full list of 'Champions for Coverage' was released. These Champions will be crucial in helping Americans with the upcoming health insurance changes.

SAGE is proud to be recognized as part of the ‘Champions for Coverage’ network—a series of organizations and business dedicated to helping people understand the options for coverage and navigating the system. We will be providing workshops and online information to help LGBT older adults understand the options in the marketplace. In the meantime, HHS is providing 24-hour helplines via the Internet and phone—with a call center staff boasting 150 different languages!

The Navigators will help consumers directly in providing unbiased information on a variety of health insurance and government programs in a culturally competent manner and also help enroll those consumers if needed. SAGE recognizes our Diverse Elders Coalition member, the National Hispanic Council on Aging (NHCOA), for being chosen as a Navigators in Dade County, Florida, and Dallas County, Texas.  NCHOA will be responsible for enrolling the uninsured Hispanic population in these two counties with a focus on members of this population that are socially isolated due to cultural and linguistic differences. A full list of Navigators can be found here.



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