September 17, 2020 | Number of The Day
Funding for state navigators to help residents enroll in ACA health insurance

A total of $3.5 million will be going to community organizations so they can serve as navigators providing free outreach, education and assistance to residents shopping for health insurance during the Affordable Care Act Open Enrollment Period.

Gov. Phil Murphy and Department of Banking and Insurance Commissioner Marlene Caride announced the grant Wednesday.

Despite drastic federal cuts to the navigator program in recent years, the administration has more than doubled its investment since the state began operating the program last year. The increased investment is made possible by the state’s move to its own health insurance marketplace, Get Covered New Jersey, for the upcoming year.

New Jersey’s open-enrollment period will run from Nov. 1, 2020 to Jan. 31, 2021, which is twice as long as last year.

Organizations funded through the grant program must comply with state and federal requirements. They will offer outreach and education year-round for 2021 coverage, including in advance of and during the open-enrollment period.