Agency to receive funds for insurance exchanges
A Yuma County organization is one of four Arizona groups who will receive a share of a $2.1 million award to help people navigate the health insurance marketplaces, which are set to open in October.
Campesinos Sin Fronteras will receive $71,386 as part of a program to provide enrollment assistance to uninsured people in Yuma County.
Campesinos Sin Fronteras is a nonprofit organization in San Luis, Ariz., serving migrant and seasonal farm workers and other members of the low-income Hispanic community in Yuma County.
The funds, announced by U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on Thursday, were awarded to groups that work to promote health care. The money will be used for outreach and enrollment efforts.
Other recipients include the Arizona Board of Regents, $190,268, which plans to focus on reducing the number of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders who are uninsured in Pima County. The Greater Phoenix Urban League ($523,773) and the Arizona Association of Community Health Centers ($1,344,096) both plan to use their share of the funds for a statewide enrollment outreach effort.
Rep. Raul Grijalva congratulated the recipients, noting that the funds will help accomplish an important service.
“Millions of Americans, and many thousands of Arizonans, will finally have access to affordable health insurance starting in October, and they should have the information they need to get the most benefit from the law,” Grijalva said. “Navigators will help explain how to choose a plan, how to get the subsidies many families are entitled to and how to enroll in any plan a family chooses. It’s an important public service, and today’s grant recipients should be commended for pursuing and making use of these funds.”