Central Texas organizations hoping to get a chunk of federal aid to help sign up uninsured people for subsidized health insurance got left out of $10.3 million in grants awarded to the state on Thursday.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on Thursday announced $67 million in grants to 105 organizations nationwide to help educate and enroll the public in online health insurance marketplaces. The money will be used to train “navigators” who will sign up uninsured people for health coverage in states such as Texas, which left creating the marketplaces to the federal government.
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HEALTH CARE IN-DEPTH
This is one in a series of articles on the Affordable Care Act. See more Statesman coverage online at statesman.com/healthcare.
Using the new insurance marketplace
Insurance options for every state are listed on online exchanges accessible via healthcare.gov, where people are now able to create accounts.
Enrollment begins in October and ends in March. Additional enrollment periods will follow.
All plans must offer the same minimum set of benefits, which range from emergency services to maternity care. Insurers cannot turn people away because of pre-existing conditions.
Questions? Call the 24-hour hotline at 800-318-2596.
Sources: Healthcare.gov, Get Covered America