LANSING (WWJ/AP) – Four Michigan organizations are getting $2.5 million from the federal government to help people sign up for insurance under the new health care law.
The grants announced Thursday by the Obama administration will be used to hire and train outreach workers. Enrollment for the law’s new coverage options starts Oct. 1, and benefits kick in Jan. 1.
The “navigator” program is important in Michigan because the Republican-led Legislature rejected federal money to do state-directed outreach.
The group getting more than half of the $2.5 million is Michigan Consumers for Healthcare, which is expected to reach low-income uninsured residents in every region across the state.
Others receiving money are Community Bridges Management, the Arab Community Center for Economic & Social Services, and American Indian Health and Family Services of Southeastern Michigan.
A recent survey found 85 percent of Americans don’t think consumers have gotten enough education about Obamacare.
If you need more information about the coming changes to national health care, visit this link. The website HealthCare.gov, has been reformatted to help people can learn how to get ready for open enrollment this fall. By October, the site will allow enrollees in 34 federally operated online marketplaces to apply for federal subsidies and shop online for plans.
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