Recently, you may have seen the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) announcement about federal funding opportunities for navigators. The federal grants are specifically designated for states that have opted to run federally-facilitated or state partnership exchanges. Oregon has established a state-based exchange, Cover Oregon, therefore, Oregon organizations are not eligible for federal navigator funding.
Cover Oregon and the Oregon Health Authority have partnered to offer Oregon organizations navigator funding and outreach opportunities.
Oregon’s grant opportunity for navigators is available now. The first Request for Grant Proposals (RFGP) was posted on ORPIN on April 11, and will remain open until May 9. OHA anticipates final agreements will be signed in July 2013. Grantee organizations will be chosen through a formal RFGP process; OHA will evaluate proposals and award funds based on a proposed work plan and budget. The solicitation documents can be accessed at orpin.oregon.gov by searching the open opportunities for OHA-3516-13. All questions specific to the RFGP should be directed to the contact listed in the solicitation. Interested parties who have not yet registered with ORPIN will need to do so on the ORPIN website prior to accessing the solicitation.
Successful grantees will work within their local communities to provide education and outreach to individuals and families about Cover Oregon and their coverage options. Grantees will also help people with the application and enrollment process to get the health coverage that is right for them, including Qualified Health Plans and public health programs like Medicaid and Healthy Kids.
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