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Analyzing Affordable Care Act In-Person Enrollment Efforts

Since the launch of subsidized Affordable Care Act insurance policies in 2014, the federal government, foundations, private insurers, and other stakeholders have supported enrollment assisters to provide guidance to the most vulnerable consumers. A better understanding of the costs and benefits of in-person assistance for people with low incomes could prove helpful for sustainability and improving enrollment efforts. The Trust is interested in efforts to analyze the value and effectiveness of in-person, nonprofit enrollment assistance in Affordable Care Act insurance plans, with a particular interest in the experiences of rural communities, people of color, and immigrant populations.

 

Steps to Apply

Overview

Goal

Maintain or increase overall enrollment of individuals with low incomes in the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid.

Strategy

Conduct community-based evaluation, research, and planning that engages residents in the process to collect data, identify gaps, and determine best practices to address goals.

Timeframe for Applications

Call-by date: October 5, 2021

Application deadline: October 26, 2021

Geographic Focus

Statewide

Next Steps

If you think you are a fit, assess your eligibility below and then contact us to apply. Or, view all funding opportunities here.

Details

Since 2013, Navigators have helped individuals understand their health insurance options and facilitated their enrollment in health insurance through the Federally Facilitated Marketplace (FFM). As trusted community partners, their mission focuses on assisting the uninsured and other underserved communities. Navigators serve an important role in connecting communities that historically have experienced lower access to health coverage and greater disparities in health outcomes to health coverage. In August 2021, the federal government announced a significant increase in funding for the navigator program, including more than $5 million per year for three years to organizations in North Carolina. This will lead to greater nonprofit assistance and the creation of new enrollment models. A better understanding of the effectiveness and benefits of in-person assistance could prove helpful for sustainability and improving enrollment efforts.

To meet this goal, the Trust will support an analysis of nonprofit, in-person assistance to gain more information on its reach and efficacy. This may include data collection, interviews with consumers and stakeholders, survey research, or other quantitative and qualitative approaches. Applicants should be able to explain and disseminate information in ways that are digestible to a general audience.

Eligibility Requirements

Before applying, consider the following questions and requirements:

  • Is your organization or work a good fit with the Trust?
  • Are you located or operating in North Carolina?
  • Does your work focus on improving quality of life and health for North Carolinians with low incomes?
  • Do you primarily support populations experiencing poverty?
    • These populations include: individuals living at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty level; the uninsured; and those eligible for Medicaid and/or the free/reduced school lunch program.

Organizations the Trust WILL fund:

  • Nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations
  • Governmental entities

Organizations the Trust WILL NOT fund:

  • Individuals
  • Faith-based organizations without 501(c)(3)
  • Type III supporting organizations
  • Organizations providing pass-through funds to an ineligible organization

Eligible? Contact us to schedule a consultation.

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