The Biden administration has awarded $80 million in grants to 60 organizations to hire more than 1,500 health exchange Navigators, according to HHS. One expert predicts the move will help boost overall enrollment in exchange plans and Medicaid — and help match enrollees to the right kind of coverage.

In an Aug. 27 press release, HHS said the increased Navigator funding is intended to improve health insurance coverage for underserved and disadvantaged groups. During the Trump administration, funding for Navigators was cut dramatically, dropping from $63 million in 2016 to $10 million in 2018 and 2019.

“Local health coverage experts have worked hard to build relationships and trust in the communities in which they serve. These Navigators consistently help consumers understand their options, helping with potential language and other barriers, so they can find health coverage that best fits their needs,” said CMS Administrator Chiquita Brooks-LaSure. “With this additional grant funding, even more Navigators will be able to provide comprehensive assistance through customized educational and outreach activities, especially to underserved communities.”

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