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Georgia gets almost $4 million to help educate, enroll in health insurance

Thursday, Aug 15, 2013 4:29 PM
Last updated Friday, Aug 16, 2013 1:30 AM
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Nearly $4 million is coming to a nonprofit and the University of Georgia extension service to help educate people about insurance available under the federal Affordable Care Act.

The groups also will help people get on a plan after enrollment begins Oct. 1.

In states such as Georgia, which requires additional training for people who want to serve as these licensed “navigators” to be licensed, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said it will work with the states but would step in if those laws prove to be a hindrance, one official said.

HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced $67 million in grants to 105 groups across the country to help serve as navigators for consumers under the act, also known as “Obamacare.” The groups would provide outreach and education about new options for insurance under the law and provide in-person support to those who need help enrolling, Sebelius said.

In Georgia, that will be done under two groups – the UGA College of Family and Consumer Sciences and Cooperative Extension Service and the Structured Employment Economic Development Corp., also known as Seedco.

UGA got $1.66 million to provide navigators, and Seedco got $2.16 million. Seedco actually will be working with 15 grassroots groups in Georgia– ranging from the Center for Black Women’s Wellness to the Jewish Family & Career Services to the Latin American Association to cover the state– not only geographically but also demographically, said Cindy Zeldin, the executive director of Georgians for a Healthy Future, one of the participating organizations.

Everyone working as a navigator must complete 20 hours of training that include an emphasis on data security and privacy laws, and then pass a test to get certified initially, said Chiquita Brooks-LaSure, the deputy director of policy and regulation at the Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight at HHS.

In Georgia, however, a recently imposed law requires 35 hours of training and a criminal-background check, among other provisions, in order for navigators to be certified by the state. Zeldin said the additional hours of training would need to be completed by state Insurance Commissioner Ralph Hudgens’ office and would need to be outlined soon.

HHS recognizes that states have the authority to impose additional requirements “provided that it doesn’t affect the ability of the navigator to perform the organization’s role and that none of the provisions conflict with the ACA,” Brooks-Lasure said.

Asked when the federal government would intervene if it felt a state’s requirements were too much, she said, “At the point where it looks as though there was some hindrance to the navigator performing the role as outlined by our regulations and by the ACA.”

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corgimom
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corgimom 08/15/13 - 04:45 pm
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When I saw the name Chiquita,

When I saw the name Chiquita, my eyes nearly bugged out of my head.

Wrong Chiquita.

Your Tax Dollars At Work.

$4 million- *sigh*

KSL
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KSL 08/15/13 - 10:42 pm
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Excuse

Just an excuse to expand giverment workers.

carcraft
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carcraft 08/16/13 - 05:47 am
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People will be in for a SURPRISE

Many of the navigators in other states only require a 20 hour on line course, then they will have access to bank account and social security numbers. Nope, nothing is going to happen there! What could go wrong? The request for government subsidies is on the "honor System" no fraud will occur there. The computer systems to make information gathering are not yet in place to allow income checks. Harry Reid said this bill is a step toward a one payer system (US government). It is designed to fail. Taking over 1/6 of the US economy is complete!

soapy_725
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soapy_725 08/16/13 - 06:23 am
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Another ACORN pyramid of deceit. The BEAST is hungry again.

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Another ACORN pyramid of deceit. The BEAST is hungry again.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 08/16/13 - 06:24 am
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And all the people marveled at the BEAST, the great provider....

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And all the people marveled at the BEAST, the great provider....

soapy_725
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soapy_725 08/16/13 - 06:25 am
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"How to Serve Lemar" Remember the plot?

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"How to Serve Lemar" Remember the plot?

Darby
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Darby 08/16/13 - 11:25 am
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Well, OzBama said he would "create" jobs.

He never said that he'd create them out of thin air with taxpayer funds, but them I guess that should have been implied.

Given the source....

Darby
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Darby 08/16/13 - 11:27 am
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Chiquita, PLEASE, STOP...

You folks are driving me bananas!

Dixieman
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Dixieman 08/16/13 - 01:15 pm
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$67 million nationwide

20-35 hours of training? I went to law school and STILL don't understand my health insurance policy -- just sign the forms and send them off and hope for the best. This is a farcical waste of taxpayers' money. We really need to shut Obamacare down.

Fiat_Lux
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Fiat_Lux 08/16/13 - 02:14 pm
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If you want a preview of this abortion of an intrusion,

just go spend some time at Eisenhower Medical Center. Look who's managing everything, the people who are holding down all the gateway type jobs.

That will give you a very good idea of the complete C-F we are heading into. You would not believe how decisions are made, how favors are bestowed and how much treachery is involved in handling people's health care.

If they will do it to our soldiers and their families, they sure as heck will do the same to the rest of us.

And if you think racism is a problem now, just wait for the real fun to begin, like when your child desperately needs emergency treatment and someone sitting behind a desk doesn't like you for some reason or other. Seen it happen, more than once.

deestafford
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deestafford 08/17/13 - 11:33 am
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This is just another payoff by the community agitator in the

White House to those organizations that got out the vote for him.

There will be so much identity stealing and vote registration fraud in this it will make our heads spin when it is revealed in the years to come.

Just look at the people in Acorn and SEIU and ask yourself if they can be trained to be "navigators" and would you trust your personal information to them.

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