TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami / NSF) – A Florida organization is receiving a $ 250,000 infusion to help uninsured residents find medical care over the next 10 weeks.
The Biden administration selected Florida Covering Kids & Families as one of 30 “Navigators” across the country to receive additional funding for a special 2021 enrollment period that began February 15 and ends May 15. It was only one of two Navigators to receive $ 250,000, the highest amount awarded.
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Prior to Monday’s announcement, Florida Covering Kids & Families had spearheaded the state’s navigation efforts with a budget of $ 1.6 million.
Overall, the Biden administration announced on Monday that additional funds of around USD 2.3 million would be made available to the navigators. By the end of last year’s enrollment period, 2,120,350 Floridians had received insurance coverage through a health insurance exchange that is part of the Federal Act on Affordable Care. That’s more than any other state. Texas ranks second with 1,291,972 participants.
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Nationwide, more than 8.2 million people have registered for the so-called “Obamacare” insurance with the Federal Health Exchange.
Biden announced in January that he would reopen registration as part of the COVID-19 recovery effort. In a statement Monday, Acting Assistant Administrator for the Federal Medicare and Medicaid Services Agency, Jeff Wu, said the federal government plans to “significantly increase” funding for Navigators for the registration effort in 2022 and a note with funding details is in to publish the spring.
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