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Covered California Announces $37 Million in Outreach and Education Grants

Covered California this week announced it will award grants, totaling $37 million, to 48 community organizations throughout California for outreach and education programs that increase awareness about the new health care benefits available through Covered California. The primary goal of the exchange’s grant program is to educate targeted audiences about available subsidy programs and to motivate consumers and small businesses to participate in obtaining health insurance. Covered California will focus its outreach on 5.3 million Californians who need individual insurance, half of whom may be eligible for subsidized coverage through Covered California.

Covered California’s board allocated $43 million of its federal funding over two years for community organizations that can reach all eligible Californians. Of the $43 million available, $34 million has been allocated to organizations focusing their outreach on consumers eligible for health care coverage through Covered California; another $3 million has been granted to organizations that reach out to small businesses eligible to provide coverage to employees through the Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP). The remaining $6 million in funding will be used to augment successful outreach and education strategies in 2014.

Organizations that did not receive a grant can apply to become “assister enrollment entities” under the Covered California Assisters Program. Assisters will be trained and certified to provide in-person assistance to help individuals enroll. For more information about the 48 community organizations awarded the grant funding, visit:

Press Release: Covered California to Award Community Organizations $37 Million in Grants for Outreach and Education
About Outreach and Education Grant Program Fact Sheet
Profiles of grant recipients booklet
Regional Chart of Grantees
Methodology and selection process document
List of all the organizations that applied

For more information about Covered California’s Assisters Program, visit:
www.healthexchange.ca.gov/Pages/AssistersProgram.aspx.

 

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