NDCPD awarded funding for Navigator Grant in North Dakota
The North Dakota Center for Persons with Disabilities (NDCPD) at Minot State University has been awarded $999,472 from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to implement the statewide Navigator project, according to information provided by MSU.
Federally-facilitated Marketplace Navigators play a vital role in helping consumers, especially those in underserved communities, understand their benefits and rights, review options, prepare applications to establish eligibility, and enroll in Marketplace coverage. Navigators operate year-round — increasing awareness among the remaining uninsured about the coverage options available to them, helping consumers find affordable coverage that meets their needs, and assisting consumers beyond the enrollment process to ensure they’re equipped with the tools and resources needed to utilize and maintain their health coverage all year. Navigators must complete comprehensive federal navigator training and criminal background checks prior to assisting consumers.
“We are excited to be able to provide this service to consumers throughout North Dakota,” said Cheryl Coyle, Navigator project director. “There are approximately 32,000 uninsured people under the age of 65 in the state who could potentially benefit from health insurance through the Marketplace.”