United Way to Train and Certify Health Care Navigators | United Way of Metropolitan Dallas

United Way of Metropolitan Dallas Awarded $8.3 Million to Train and Certify Health Care Navigators

The funding represents the largest award in Texas from the Biden-Harris Administration.

We have incredible news that is going to have a big impact on health in North Texas in the coming years: The Biden-Harris Administration has awarded United Way of Metropolitan Dallas approximately $2.8 million per year for the next three years as part of a consortium to train and certify health care navigators.

The navigators will help people enroll in coverage through the Marketplace, Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). They can assist with enrollment applications and help consumers receive financial assistance through HealthCare.gov.

United Way of Metropolitan Dallas—which received the largest award in Texas—is one of 60 organizations in 30 states that will train and certify more than 1,500 navigators to help uninsured consumers find affordable and comprehensive health coverage.

In addition to United Way of Metropolitan Dallas, other members of the consortium include CitySquare, Community Council of Greater Dallas, LBU Community Clinic, and Prism Health North Texas.

With this funding, more navigator organizations can provide assistance to people with limited English proficiency in multiple languages. They can also provide more assistance to rural areas and communities of color.

“This funding will enable our communities to receive a service that is critical for many individuals and families to enroll in health care coverage”

Jennifer Sampson, McDermott-Templeton President and CEO of United Way of Metropolitan Dallas

“This funding will enable our communities to receive a service that is critical for many individuals and families to enroll in health care coverage,” said Jennifer Sampson, McDermott-Templeton President and CEO of United Way of Metropolitan Dallas. “The Dallas area did not have this funding for the past four years, which had a direct impact of the number of uninsured who weren’t receiving support and information to navigate the complexity of finding a health care plan.”

At United Way of Metropolitan Dallas, our team will train and certify 41 navigators for a 13-county area in North Texas. We estimate that 16,000 people will receive one-on-one assistance from the certified navigators and that more than 2,000 people will enroll in a qualifying health care plan within the next 12 months. In total, more than 3 million people in our region  will receive information or learn about the navigator program and its services through marketing, promotion and education initiatives.

The navigator program directly aligns with our Aspire United 2030 health goal of providing nearly universal access to health coverage for North Texans. The Aspire United 2030 goals provide a road map for the next 10 years for our organization, driving our movement to improve access to education, income and health care—the building blocks of opportunity—for all North Texans.

This article was published on: Aug 30, 2021