9/8/2022 9:32:03 AM
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
ST. PAUL, Minn. — Today, MNsure, Minnesota’s health insurance marketplace, announced over $4.2 million in grant awards to 22 organizations to support increased outreach and enrollment help in communities across the state. All 22 organizations employ MNsure-certified “navigators” — local experts who offer free application and enrollment assistance to Minnesotans who need health insurance.
Navigators provide crucial support for consumers by answering questions and guiding them through the application and enrollment process from start to finish, completely free of cost. Working with a navigator can reduce barriers to getting or maintaining health coverage such as a lack of comfort using technology, unreliable internet access, limited English proficiency, or unfamiliarity with health insurance terms.
The new round of MNsure grant funding will enhance navigator organizations’ ability to reach more Minnesotans — especially populations experiencing the lowest rates of insurance, most significant health disparities, and greatest barriers to enrollment — and connect them with affordable and comprehensive health coverage. The 22 organizations, together with their partners, helped nearly 20,000 Minnesotans enroll in health coverage between July 2021 and June 2022.
MNsure has awarded grants averaging $192,000 to the following organizations:
MNsure especially congratulates two organizations that are receiving grant awards for the first time: Indian Health Board and Isuroon.
MNsure’s statewide network of navigators meets Minnesotans where they are: providing culturally specific assistance in the languages people speak and in the communities where they live, work and play. A /assets/2023-mnsure-navigator-grantee-map-english_tcm34-537741.pdfmap of the awarded organizations (PDF) is available online.
Though navigators are available to help all Minnesotans find health insurance coverage, they have special expertise for Minnesotans with lower incomes who may be eligible for coverage through public programs like /financial-help/ma-mncare/index.jspMedical Assistance and MinnesotaCare. No monthly premium is required for Medical Assistance, and new federal legislation (the Inflation Reduction Act) ensures that MinnesotaCare premiums will remain very low through 2025.
Navigators are available to assist in person, over the phone, or by virtual meeting. Navigator services are always free of cost, but appointments are recommended. Minnesotans can connect with a navigator by searching the /help/find-assister/find-assister.jspAssister Directory on MNsure.org or calling the MNsure Contact Center at 651-539-2099 or 855-366-7873 outside the Twin Cities.
MNsure is Minnesota's health insurance marketplace where individuals and families can shop, compare and choose health insurance coverage that meets their needs. MNsure is the only place you can apply for financial help to lower the cost of your monthly insurance premium and out-of-pocket costs. Most Minnesotans who enroll through MNsure qualify for financial help.