‘Navigators’ will Help People Find Insurance at the Minnesota Exchange
When October 1st, 2013 roles around and Minnesota’s health insurance exchange (MNsure.org) opens for business, there will be plenty of help available for those that need it. There are a couple of different “roles” that organizations applied for up until the end of July 2013 (full disclosure: we applied to both roles) that will compensate them for every person they’ve directly helped receive health insurance through the exchange at MNsure.org.
The “navigator” role is the focus of this article; those accepted as navigators will receive $25 per person they’ve successfully helped signup for a government healthcare plan. The other role not discussed here is the “in-person assister” and the main difference is that they will be paid for every person they help purchase a commercial healthcare plan. Both of these roles will be aimed at aiding Minnesotans who need assistance with the health insurance exchange, but the majority of navigators will be existing groups or organizations that are already serving a specific community.
This article describes the navigator role in more detail along with a perfect example of a future navigator at the People’s Center Health Services. Beyond that, there is some information about federal grants that were awarded to many existing organizations throughout Minnesota to help them add additional resources to deal with the expected increase in demand for their services. Much of the specifics really won’t impact many of you, but definitely keep in mind that there will be plenty of help available if you need it.
MNsure will likely begin providing locations and ways to reach the newly-accepted navigators and in-person assisters well before the exchange opens at the beginning of October. We will definitely be posting that information here at MNSureThing.com when it becomes available.
For additional information, read this article by Ashley Griffin, Star Tribune, July 27, 2013:
Health exchange ‘navigators’ to help people find insurance