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    By Amanda Robinson

    Reviewed by Lisa Zamosky

    WebMD Health News

    Health Insurance Navigator Groups Announced

    Aug. 16, 2013 -- The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded $67 million in grants to 105 organizations that will help people buy health insurance and understand their options in the new health insuranceMarketplaces. The grants will go to health care providers, nonprofit organizations, and business groups in 34 states to train insurance “navigators” as part of the Affordable Care Act. The grants are for states where the federal government will run the Marketplace and for states that are partnering with the feds. States that run their own Marketplaces have separate navigator programs.

    Navigators are supposed to be fair and unbiased helpers who may not accept money from insurance companies. They must complete 20 to 30 hours of training and be certified by the state.

    In July, the HHS also awarded $150 million to more than 1,000 community health centers and clinics to help people buy insurance in the Marketplaces, also called Exchanges. Insurance brokers also can assist people with their insurance questions and help them sign up for a health plan through their state’s Marketplace.

    Here is the full list of organizations and their expected grants:

    Alaska

    • Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium, $300,000
    • United Way of Anchorage, $299,918

    Alabama

    • Ascension Health*, $202,706
    • AIDS Alabama, Inc., $501,380
    • Samford University, $326,794
    • Catholic Social Services (Archdiocese of Mobile), $20,750
    • Tombigbee Healthcare Authority, $392,356

    Arkansas

    • Southern United Neighborhoods*, $270,193
    • University of Arkansas (The Arkansas Navigator Coalition), $774,745

    Arizona

    • Arizona Association of Community Health Centers, $1,344,096
    • Arizona Board of Regents, University of Arizona (Center for Rural Health at the University of Arizona), $190,268
    • Greater Phoenix Urban League, Inc., $523,773
    • Campesinos Sin Fronteras, Inc., $71,386

    Delaware

    • Chatman, LLC, $510,577

    Florida

    • University of South Florida (Florida Covering Kids & Families), $4,213,696
    • Epilepsy Foundation of Florida, $637,686
    • Advanced Patient Advocacy, LLC*, $413,152.20
    • Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County, Inc., $446,783
    • Pinellas County Board of County Commissioners, $600,000
    • National Hispanic Council on Aging*, $646,825.50
    • Cardon Healthcare Network, LLC DBA Cardon Outreach*, $238,000
    • Mental Health America*, $683,691

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