Bi-State Primary Care Association Receives Grant to Aid in Navigation of the New Healthcare Law
NEC member Bi-State Primary Care Association—a non-profit that provides primary care and preventative health services in New Hampshire and Vermont– was granted $434,839 by the federal government to provide information and services for residents seeking to enroll in the state health insurance marketplace that will launch on October 1, 2013. The health insurance marketplaces are a central component of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, commonly referred to as “Obamacare,” that were envisioned to be established in every state. In states like New Hampshire that have chosen to launch an insurance marketplace, it is essential to provide the public with the information to make smart health and financial decisions. The money from the federal government will help the Association in its mission to “provide care to all, regardless of ability to pay.”
Bi-State Primary Care will leverage its network of 12 health centers and its institutional knowledge to help residents find the plan that best matches their individual needs and to determine if they are eligible to receive a number of federal financial incentives. The grant will be used to hire and train staff to serve as “navigators” and will be certified as such after completing 20 hours of training and passing an exam. The navigators will work throughout the Association’s network of centers as well as the community at large.
The “plan will mean hiring the equivalent of eight additional full-time employees,” said Executive Director Tess Kuenning. Furthermore, she says that “Because of that open-to-all policy, the health centers will want to support patients getting coverage that will open themselves to a broader array of services.”
The New England Council congratulates Bi-State Primary Care Association on this grant and wishes them luck in helping New Englanders navigate the new healthcare marketplace.