NH is set to receive $1.6 million to support the Affordable Care Act (ACA) Navigators program. Navigators help individuals and families through the complex process required to sign up for health care through the ACA.
The Trump administration slashed funding by more than 80 percent and depleted New Hampshire of all Navigator programs, according to a joint statement issued by U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Representatives Annie Kuster (NH-02) and Chris Pappas (NH-01.
“The ACA Navigators program helps families find health care plans that are right for them at the price they can afford. I fought against the Trump administration’s repeated sabotage of the program, which left New Hampshire with no community navigators to help families navigate complex health insurance networks. That’s why I’m pleased to welcome $1.6 million to New Hampshire to right that wrong and connect more families with the health care they deserve,” said Shaheen. “Especially with open enrollment around the corner, this funding can’t come soon enough to revive this critical program in New Hampshire.”
Through this grant, $1 million will be awarded to Health Market Connect. The remaining $600,000 will go to First Choice Services to continue remote services as well as establish community navigators across the state, including at the New Hampshire Foundation for Healthy Communities, Harbor Care and Lamprey.
“With the award of this grant, Health Market Connect will make health insurance more accessible for Granite Staters. By bringing back an in-state presence of ACA Navigators, our team is uniquely positioned to reach the diverse, underserved, and vulnerable communities across the State. We look forward to working with hospitals, health centers, and other community stakeholders to reduce the number of people without health insurance and create healthier communities across New Hampshire,” said Elias Ashooh, the Project Director of Health Market Connect.