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MNsure Awards $4.2 Million for 2015-16 Navigator Outreach and Enrollment Grants

7/7/2015 10:14:43 AM

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Shane Delaney
Lead Communications Coordinator
shane.m.delaney@state.mn.us
651-539-1365

ST. PAUL, Minn.-MNsure today announced the 26 organizations receiving outreach and enrollment grants for the upcoming year. Grantees include respected community organizations from across Minnesota.

"Our vision with these grantees is to build a network of assistance where each region of Minnesota is served year-round by highly trained, expert navigators, with experience using outreach techniques that have proven effective," said interim CEO Allison O'Toole. "Many of these grantee organizations specialize in building relationships with populations facing barriers to enrollment or renewal. These organizations are able to connect with and educate uninsured Minnesotans about the importance of having health insurance, and their options of obtaining that coverage through MNsure."

/assets/2015-Outreach-Enrollment-Grant-Program-Summary_tcm34-183068.pdfApproximately $4.2 million in grants have been issued to fund outreach and enrollment efforts from July 1, 2015, until June 30, 2016. Grantees were chosen through a selection process that included a diverse team of internal and external reviewers, and were categorized into one of three funding areas.

Funding Area 1: Navigator Network Grants

Collaborative networks of highly skilled navigator organizations focused on enrollment, outreach and building geographic coverage and coordination.

Funding Area 2: Outreach and Enrollment Grants

Navigator organizations with expertise in reaching a specific population with high levels of uninsured, focused on outreach, education and enrollment.

Funding Area 3: Outreach and Education Mini Grants

Supporting outreach and education activities that connect consumers or small businesses to enrollment assistance, focused on reaching consumers facing particular barriers.

"Between October 2013 and September 2014, MNsure grantees were credited with supporting 61 percent of all navigator-assisted enrollments through MNsure," said O'Toole. "MNsure grantees already have a proven track record of lowering the uninsured rate in Minnesota, and are working to enroll those still lacking coverage."

The 26 MNsure grants will fund 79 different organizations. Many MNsure grantees will work with partner organizations. /assets/2015-Outreach-Enrollment-Program-Grantees_tcm34-183069.pdfInformation about each grantee, including award amount (PDF).

Grantees include:

  • Arrowhead Economic Opportunity Agency, Inc.
  • Community Resource Connections
  • Comunidades Latinas Unidas En Servicio (CLUES)
  • Face to Face Health and Counseling Service
  • Generations Health Care Initiatives
  • Health Access MN
  • Hmong American Partnership
  • LeClair Group
  • Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid
  • Minnesota AIDS Project
  • NAMI Minnesota
  • Native American Community Clinic
  • NorthPoint Health and Wellness Center
  • Northwest Community Action
  • Open Cities Health Center
  • Pillsbury United Communities
  • Planned Parenthood MN, ND, SD
  • Portico Healthnet
  • Somali Health Solutions
  • Southside Community Health Services
  • Springboard for the Arts
  • Sub-Saharan African Youth and Family Services
  • The Arc Greater Twin Cities
  • Three Rivers Community Action
  • United Family Medicine
  • Western Community Action

The 2016 open enrollment period is scheduled to begin November 1, 2015, and end on January 31, 2016. Minnesotans eligible for Medical Assistance or MinnesotaCare can enroll year round. As of May 2014, 95 percent of Minnesotans have health coverage-the highest percentage in state history.

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