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State Names CBHC as Recipient of Navigator Grant

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Last year Navigators from Campaign for Better Health Care and organizations across the state helped to educate and enroll over half a million residents.

  • 217,000 Illinoisans enrolled in a Marketplace plan during open enrollment
  • 451,000 Illinoisans enrolled in Medicaid to date

Join CBHC, newly awarded recipient of the Illinois Department of Public Health In-Person Counselor Grant, for the nation’s second open enrollment period. Stay tuned for a calendar of local enrollment events, and read our press release below.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Chicago, IL—On Friday, September 19, Campaign for Better Health Care (CBHC) was named by the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) as one of 37 organizations that will receive federal funding to participate in the second year of the Get Covered Illinois (GCI) In-Person Counselor (IPC) Program, the state’s Affordable Care Act (ACA) outreach initiative. CBHC, which will be conducting IPC work in the Southwest Chicagoland and Central Illinois state regions, has received a grant in the amount of $536,514.

CBHC’s grant proposal was evaluated by IDPH in order to appropriately allocate $25.8 million in federal funding to Illinois organizations based on the organizations’ ability to meet the requirements of the IPC Program work, as well as a regions’ needs.

In its grant proposal, CBHC elected to partner with 3 subgrantee organizations: Healthcare Consortium of Illinois, Pace and the Illinois Black Chamber of Commerce. Each subgrantee organization is in the process of hiring 2 IPCs in their regions, either Southwest Chicagoland or Central Illinois.

CBHC itself is in the process of hiring 6 IPCs: 3 to serve the Central Illinois region, and 3 to serve the Southwest Chicagoland region. All CBHC and subgrantee IPCs will operate under Cheryl Gay, Program Manager, and Jillian Phillips, Project Director, both of CBHC.

Beginning today, all CBHC and subgrantee IPCs will participate in intensive training in preparation for the beginning of the open enrollment period, November 15.

The state’s IPC Program establishes a network of In-Person Counselors (also referred to as “Navigators”) who serve to educate Illinoisans on the health care options provided to them under the ACA.

In the first year of the program, IL grantee organizations and their Navigators helped to successfully enroll 217,000 Illinoisans in a health care plan through the Illinois Health Insurance Marketplace during the six-month enrollment period, according to reports by GCI.

GCI also notes that, to date, 451,000 Illinoisans have enrolled in Medicaid, for which there is no fixed enrollment period.

“As of August 2014, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) successfully extended health care coverage to over half a million Illinois residents,” says Joan Sheforgen, CBHC’s Interim Executive Director. “The Campaign For Better Health Care is proud to have been responsible for some of those enrollments.  This latest grant award by the Illinois Department of Public Health will allow the Campaign to continue the work begun last year: informing, educating, and enrolling thousands more into the ACA.”

Press Contact: Anya Krenicki, akrenicki@cbhconline.org (312) 913-9449

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