$67 Million Awarded to Groups Helping With Health Law

The Obama administration awarded $67 million to 105 groups around the country that will serve as "navigators" to help the uninsured understand their options under the new health-care law and sign up for coverage. The administration had initially planned to spend less — $54 million — but Kathleen Sebelius, the secretary of health and human services, said that she had no choice but to tap a $13 million prevention fund because Congress refused to provide money for outreach and education activities.
August 16, 2013

The Obama administration on Thursday awarded $67 million to 105 groups around the country that will serve as “navigators” to help the uninsured understand their options under the new health care law and sign up for coverage.

The administration had initially planned to spend less — $54 million — on navigators in the 34 states where the federal government will run all or part of new insurance markets created under the law. Chiquita Brooks-LaSure, an official with the Department of Health and Human Services, said the additional $13 million had come from a fund set up under the health law to pay for public health and preventive care initiatives.

The administration has transferred several hundred million dollars from the fund to pay for aspects of the law, drawing criticism from some members of Congress.

Kathleen Sebelius, the secretary of health and human services, has said that she had no choice but to tap the prevention fund because Congress refused to provide money for outreach and education activities. The fund, originally $15 billion over 10 years, is supposed to support wellness and disease-prevention programs around the country.

Join the Discussion

After you comment, click Post. You can enter an anonymous Display Name or connect to a social profile.

More from Health & Human Services