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Arizona Receives $2 Million CMS Grant to Help People Sign-up For Health Insurance in 2016

With Health Insurance Marketplace Open Enrollment set to begin November 1, the Center for Rural Health (CRH) at the University of Arizona Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health is gearing up to help Arizona residents understand the coverage options and financial assistance available at

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[Photo: The Center for Rural Health at the UA Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health is training students from the UA Colleges of Public Health, Medicine, Nursing and Pharmacy in Tucson and Phoenix, to be Certified Application Counselors through the program Students Helping Arizona Register Everyone (SHARE). From left: Students Mr. Eric Lander and Ms. Lorraine Ramirez; Ms. Alyssa Padilla, CRN special projects coordinator]

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has awarded the CRH a three-year, $2 million Marketplace Navigator grant. The CRH will focus on enrollment and re-enrollment of hard-to-reach uninsured people living in rural and underserved communities in Arizona.

The CRH is among 100 organizations in 34 states to receive part of $67 million in Navigator grants from the CMS. The funding will support outreach efforts to connect people with local help as they seek to understand the coverage options and financial assistance available at

“The mission of the center is to improve the health and wellness of Arizona’s rural and vulnerable populations. The Navigator grant will help us provide education and information for hard-to-reach consumers in rural areas about their choices in health insurance coverage,” said Dr. Dan Derksen, director of the UA Center for Rural Health and professor of public policy at the UA Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health. “We are honored to receive this CMS notice of award, and are eager to get started on this important work.”

“There are a lot of choices when it comes to signing up for health insurance and we want to help make sure consumers feel confident that they’ve picked the right plan,” said Mr. Kevin Counihan, CEO of the Health Insurance Marketplaces. “In-person assistance from Navigators and assisters has proven to be an incredibly important avenue for consumers to get the right coverage. I’m pleased that Navigators and assisters will be available in even more geographic areas this year.”

Marketplace open enrollment and plan renewal begins November 1 and remains open through January 31, 2016. Navigators serve as in-person resources in their communities for consumers needing additional assistance shopping for, and enrolling in, health insurance through Arizona’s Marketplace.


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