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Western Pa. nonprofits to receive $2.1M in federal grants to hire navigators

| Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015, 11:28 a.m.

A partnership of five nonprofits will receive $2.1 million in federal grants to assist people looking to obtain health insurance coverage through the federal health care law, the Consumer Health Coalition said.

Officials said the grant from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will help the groups provide outreach, education and enrollment assistance.

In addition to the Downtown-based coalition, the partnership includes the Pennsylvania Health Access Network, Benefits Data Trust, Multicultural Community Resource Center and Healthcare Council of Western Pennsylvania. They will look to boost health plan sign-ups in 36 counties, officials said Wednesday.

The third open enrollment season under the Healthcare.gov marketplaces are set to begin in November. The Health and Human Services Department announced about $67 million in grants nationwide to pay for in-person counseling for those eligible to enroll in various health insurance plans.

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