Health law navigator grants in Illinois total $3M

CHICAGO (AP) — The federal government announced $3 million in grant awards Thursday to organizations that will run Navigator programs in Illinois. The grantees and their staff will help educate consumers about new options under the Affordable Care Act and assist them in shopping for coverage on the Illinois marketplace.

Some of the following groups are operating in more than one state.

—Genesis Health System, $137,283. Genesis Health System will implement a navigator program through the Genesis Visiting Nurses Association.

—Sinai Health System, $157,271. Sinai Health System, through its community-based corporation, the Sinai Community Institute, plans to operate a navigator program together with a consortium of public and community and faith-based organizations.

—DuPage County Health Department, $182,543. DuPage County Health Department’s plans to implement a navigator program targeting young adults and small businesses and their employees.

—Southern Illinois Healthcare Foundation, $240,113. Southern Illinois Healthcare Foundation is a community-based, Federally Qualified Health Center network, with nearly 40 health centers located in seven counties in Southern Illinois.

—A Safe Haven Foundation, $324,736. A Safe Haven Foundation is a nonprofit organization that has provided housing and supportive services to homeless individuals and their families for 19 years.

—Mercy Hospital and Medical Center, $452,590. Mercy Hospital and Medical Center’s Community-based Insurance Navigator Consumer Health (CINCH) Project will focus on identifying and connecting eligible individuals, especially minorities and the newly eligible, to insurance enrollment services at Mercy Hospital’s main and satellite sites, Mercy Family Health Center’s sites and in community-based settings.

—The Puerto Rican Cultural Center, Inc., $600,000. The Puerto Rican Cultural Center, a nonprofit community-based institution, will focus on grassroots outreach, door-to-door canvasing, formal and informal popular education activities.

—Illinois College of Optometry, $504,016. The Illinois College of Optometry will work with partner organizations to leverage a coalition of providers who have experience working with uninsured and underinsured patient populations.

—VNA Health Care, $132,737. VNA Health Care, the largest low income primary health care provider in Kane County, organized as the Visiting Nurse Association of Fox Valley, will serve hard to reach populations and customers in their homes.

—The East Los Angeles Community Union, $294,182. The East Los Angeles Community Union, a community development organization, will use Navigator funds in target markets in Illinois, paying special attention to the Hispanic community due to the high density of uninsured Hispanic residents in the state.

—National Council of Urban Indian Health, $35,000. National Council of Urban Indian Health is the only national, membership-based organization dedicated to outreach and education on behalf of Urban Indian Health.

Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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