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South Florida Covering Kids & Families Program Awarded Navigator Funding

The Florida Covering Kids & Families (FL-CKF) Program at the USF College of Public Health’s Lawton and Rhea Chiles Center, was awarded Navigator program funding totaling $5,813,294.

The award, funded by the Department of Health and Human Services Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, was presented on September 2.

The USF Navigator program, operated in the COPH, is the largest awardee in the United States. USF has received a total of $21 million over the past four years to operate the program.

This is the second year of a three-year funding cycle for returning grantees that currently provide in-person assistance to help consumers navigate, shop, and enroll in the wide variety of federally-facilitated Health Insurance Marketplace coverage options.

Michelle Ray Navigator [USF Navigator Michelle Ray assists a student consumer with enrollment options during the 2015 Nav-Lab at the USF Marshall Center. (Photo courtesy of FL-CKF)]

“I’m really proud of the fact that we will be able to continue to support the infrastructure that we built. We know, because we’ve collected enough data, that it’s been really effective in helping consumers get access to health care coverage,” said Ms. Jodi Ray, program director. “We’ve had the largest impact in Florida, a state that had the largest uninsured rates.”

The USF Navigators, along with 11 Covering Florida consortium partners, cover the entire state of Florida, providing outreach and enrollment services to cover all 67 Florida counties.

The Covering Florida consortium consists of: Broward Regional Health Planning Council, Health Council of Southeast Florida, 90Works, Florida CHAIN, Health Planning Council of Northeast Florida, Primary Care Access Network, Health Planning Council of Southwest Florida, The Family Healthcare Foundation, Health Council of South Florida, Suwannee River Area Health Education Center, and United Way of Brevard County.

According to Ray, FL-CKF and its consortium of partners focus on advocating for and increasing access to care and services via enrollment and education services for individuals with limited English proficiency, disabilities, the LGBTQ community, college students, populations underserved in the current private health insurance market, and vulnerable populations.

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