NH Delegation Applauds $ 1.6 Million For New Hampshire Healthcare Navigator Program
01 September 2021
(Manchester, NH) – Today, U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Reps Annie Kuster (NH-02) and Chris Pappas (NH-01) applauded the $ 1.6 million announced to the state to support the Affordable Care Act (ACA) Navigators program. This program helps American families get information and support to find quality health care plans at affordable prices.
Despite the program’s critical role in helping families enroll in health care coverage that meets their needs, the Trump administration has cut funding by more than 80% and has depleted New Hampshire of all programs. Navigator. This $ 1.6 million grant will restore federal funding that was cut under the Trump administration and support community browsers across the state.
Through this grant, $ 1 million will be allocated to Health Market Connect. The remaining $ 600,000 will go to First Choice Services to continue remote services and establish community navigators across the state, including the New Hampshire Foundation for Healthy Communities, Harbor Care and Lamprey.
“The ACA Navigators program helps families find health care plans that are right for them at the price they can afford. I fought against repeated sabotage of the program by the Trump administration, which left New Hampshire without a community navigator to help families navigate complex health insurance networks. That’s why I’m happy to welcome $ 1.6 million to New Hampshire to right this wrong and provide more families with the health care they deserve ”, said Shaheen. “Especially with registrations open around the corner, this funding cannot come soon enough to jumpstart this vital program in New Hampshire. “
“The Affordable Care Act Navigators can help Granite Staters find more affordable health care plans that meet their needs, and I was deeply concerned about the previous administration’s decision to cut this important program and sensible ” said Hassan. “I am very happy that New Hampshire is receiving this much needed federal funding to rebuild the Navigator program, as well as to continue remote services to help more of Granite Staters get the health care they need. I will continue to work to expand access to high quality, affordable health care for families in Granite State and all Americans. “
“Ensuring that New Hampshire families have access to health care coverage made possible by the Affordable Care Act is essential to the well-being of all Granite Staters. them and their families ”, said Representative Kuster, a member of the Chamber’s health, energy and commerce subcommittee. “I will continue to work in Congress to ensure the Granite Staters have access to the health care they need. ”
“As we approach the annual registration period open this fall, it is critical that Granite Staters understand their healthcare options and be able to access registration assistance. ” said representative Pappas. “I am pleased that this awareness and education grant is being provided in New Hampshire to ensure residents can sign up for a plan that meets their needs. I will continue to fight to make affordable healthcare within the reach of all Granite Staters, which is essential to building a healthy and prosperous future for our families and communities. “
“With the award of this grant, Health Market Connect will make health insurance more accessible to Granite Staters. By bringing back a presence in the State of ACA Navigators, our team is uniquely positioned to reach diverse, underserved and vulnerable communities across the state. We look forward to working with hospitals, health centers and other community actors to reduce the number of people without health insurance and create healthier communities throughout New Hampshire, ” said Elias Ashooh, Project Director of Health Market Connect.
Shaheen and Hassan worked with a group of Senators led by Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Bob Casey (D-PA) to present the Extending Mariners’ Resources for Awareness, Learning and Longevity Act (ENROLL) to restore funding for the Navigator program. Shaheen has previously introduced legislation to counter the Trump administration’s sabotage efforts that have prevented Americans from getting the help or information they need to find the best healthcare plans. by Shaheen Marketing and Outreach Restoration to Empower (MORE) Health Education Act reportedly provided funding for outreach, marketing and education efforts to promote health insurance coverage offered on federal health insurance markets established by the Affordable Care Act.