By Tom Wilemon / The Tennessean
The Tennessee Primary Care Association and Seedco have been
awarded navigator grants to do community outreach efforts about the
Health Insurance Marketplace, the exchange set up by the Affordable Care
Seedco received $1,216,013 to support roving navigators in
both Georgia and Tennessee. The navigators, who will receive about the
same amount of training as a U.S. census worker, will be given the task
of explaining choices on the federal insurance exchange to Tennessee's
uninsured. Seedco, which was established in 1987, is national
organization that works to help low-income people gain economic
The Tennessee Primary Care Association, the membership
organization for community health centers and faith-based clinics in
the state, received $781,265.
It's an outreach mission that
requires contacting people who might otherwise miss out on health
coverage - people who live in remote, rural areas or who may be just as
disconnected living in urban apartments. These federal contract workers
will have to do the balancing act of explaining what's offered on the
exchange without expressly telling people which policy to choose.
total of $67 million in navigator grants was awarded to more than 100
organizations throughout the country. The grants were awarded in states
that have not set up their own exchanges.
The navigator workers will start 20 hours of training before they start doing the community outreach.
Consumers can get more information by visiting the Health Insurance Marketplace at www.healthcare.gov/
marketplace or dialing1-800-318-2596.