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SBL Awarded Navigator Grant

Sarah Bush Lincoln was one of 100 national organizations to receive funding to help local residents find health insurance through the Affordable Care Act’s Marketplace.

With Marketplace Open Enrollment set to begin on November 1, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced grant awards totaling $67 million to support outreach efforts designed to connect people with local help as they seek to understand the coverage options and financial assistance available at

Awarded to 100 organizations located in 34 states that operate Federally Facilitated Marketplaces and State Partnership Marketplaces, the three yearlong Marketplace Navigator grants will fuel efforts to help consumers enroll in a health plan that fits their budget and best meets their family’s needs.

Sarah Bush Lincoln was awarded $186,076 to assist people in Coles, Clark, Cumberland, Douglas, Edgar, Jasper, Moultrie and Shelby counties sign up for health insurance. The Navigators will provide education about qualified health plans to those seeking help. SBL has provided enrollment assistance since the State of Illinois implemented its health insurance marketplace under the Affordable Care Act.

Sarah Bush Lincoln Patient Services Director Rich Fanelli said, “We are thrilled to receive this valuable funding. We have been actively helping people get health insurance in the Marketplace and these funds will allow us to continue to better serve our community.”

Kevin Counihan, CEO of the Health Insurance Marketplaces, said, “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.” “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."

Navigators and assisters are trained specialists who provide consumers in their communities with in-person help, answering their questions about their health insurance and financial assistance options and assisting them as they complete their application. Navigators and assisters are knowledgeable about the range of health plans available on as well as other public health insurance programs offered in their state, including Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). The navigator awards announced today will allow organizations to work with consumers for the next three years.  

This project was supported by Funding Opportunity Number CA-NAV-15-001 from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

For more information or to talk with a Navigator, please call Sarah Bush Lincoln at 217 238-4265.

Visit GetCoveredIllinois for more information.