NH Delegation Applauds Over $1.4 Million to New Hampshire Healthcare Navigation Organizations
August 30, 2022
(Washington, DC) – U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) alongside Representatives Annie Kuster (NH-02) and Chris Pappas (NH-01) hosted more than 1.4 million dollars from the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to support the Navigators Affordable Care Act (ACA) program in New Hampshire. This program helps American families access information and support to find quality healthcare plans at affordable prices.
Funding will be allocated through the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and will be split between two New Hampshire Navigator organizations. Health Market Connect will receive $875,000 and First Choice Services will receive $654,745. These federal funds will be used to expand health care accessibility to individuals and families across New Hampshire.
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“Affordable Care Act navigators are key to simplifying the health insurance process for families and individuals in need. Navigators like Health Market Connect and First Choice Services help Granite Staters shop for insurance and sign up for the plan that works best for them. This service is completely free for individuals. said Senator Shaheen. “I am pleased to see this federal funding directed to New Hampshire’s Navigator programs, which will complement the ever-lower premiums I fought for under the Cut Inflation Act. I will always work to ensure that Granite Staters can access the affordable, quality care they deserve.
“Affordable Care Act Navigators can help New Hampshire residents find the best health care plan for themselves and their families,” said Senator Hassan. “This grant funding will support the Navigators program in our state and ensure that Granite Staters are aware of the coverage options available to them – and that is especially important this year as the Inflation Reduction Act has passed. extended the tax cuts that Granite State families use. to get cheaper health insurance. I will continue to work with my colleagues to reduce health care costs and expand access to affordable, high-quality health care.
“This federal funding will help ensure Granite Staters are able to choose the right health plan to meet their needs and the needs of their families,” said Rep. Kuster, a senior member of the House Energy and Commerce Health subcommittee. “Affordable Care Act Navigators provide vital, free advice to families when choosing a health insurance plan. I’m also thrilled that thanks to the Inflation Reduction Act that extended ACA grants for hard-working families, health plan premiums will remain low for many people in New Hampshire. I will continue to work to reduce healthcare costs for Granite Staters and make healthcare affordable and accessible.
“As we approach the annual open enrollment period this fall, these funds will allow Granite Staters to understand their healthcare options and access enrollment assistance,” Rep. Pappas says. “The outreach and education provided by New Hampshire Health Care Navigators will help residents enroll in a plan that meets their needs and take advantage of the provisions of the Inflation Reduction Act that reduce premiums. health care. I will continue to work to bring affordable health care to all Granite Staters.
In the recently passed Inflation Reduction Act, Shaheen championed the extension of Affordable Care Act (ACA) premium tax credits. Shaheen has also worked to include premium tax credit enhancing provisions of its legislation in the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), which was signed into law last year. Shaheen and Hassan worked with a group of senators to introduce the ENROLL (Expand Navigators’ Resources for Outreach, Learning, and Longevity) Act to restore funding for the Navigator program. Shaheen previously introduced legislation to counter Trump administration sabotage efforts that were preventing Americans from getting the help or information they need to find the best health care plans. The Shaheen Marketing and Outreach Restoration to Empower (MORE) Health Education Act would have provided funds for outreach, marketing and education efforts to promote health insurance coverage offered in federal markets. of health insurance established by the Affordable Care Act.