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Federal grants available for exchange 'navigators'


By Jonathan Block
Posted: April 9, 2013 - 5:00 pm ET
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Organizations and individuals that want to help consumers register for health coverage in federally run or state partnership exchanges can apply for $54 million in grant funding, the CMS said today.

The grants are available to self-employed individuals, as well as private companies and public organizations that will serve as “navigators” for the new exchanges.

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Applications are due by June 7 and notice of awards is expected on Aug. 15.

Last week, the CMS released a proposed rule describing the role of navigators, as well as standards and requirements. In addition, the draft said that while agents and brokers could be navigators in the federal exchanges, they can't receive commissions.


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