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Budget Update
In case you missed it, late last week President Obama released his budget proposal for FY 2014. Click here to read the initial AMCHP summary. We will be providing a more detailed analysis comparing President Obama’s budget to FY 2013 funding levels after the federal agencies released their FY 2013 operating plans at the end of the month.

HHS Announces New Grant Opportunity for ACA Outreach and Enrollment
On April 9, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released a new federal grant opportunity for those interested in serving as navigators in states with partnership and federally facilitated marketplaces. The deadline to apply is Jun. 7. This announcement represents new resources ($54 million) that may be available to state Title V MCH programs and your partners to support outreach and enrollment for individuals gaining insurance coverage through the Affordable Care Act. 

AMCHP created a fact sheet that outlines three steps for your program to consider to help connect women, children and their families to health insurance coverage. Additionally, friends at Enroll America put together a new fact sheet that helps clarify the four types of outreach assistance that may be available (navigators, in-person assistors, certified application counselors, and agents and brokers) and compares them side-by-side in all three types of exchanges.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services scheduled two pre-application calls, one of which has already passed. The remaining call will provide an overview of the announcement, budget guidance, and other available materials, as well as an opportunity for potential applicants to ask questions.

Pre-Application Call Date:

Apr. 19 (3:30-5 p.m. EDT)
Toll-free teleconference phone number: 877-267-1577; ID: 2917

Other Key Dates:

Letter of Intent (strongly encouraged): May 1
Application due date:  Jun. 7
Anticipated Notice of Award: Aug. 15

* Please note this funding announcement is only for states with a federally facilitated or partnership exchange, including:  Alaska, Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Kansas, Maine, Michigan, Missouri, Mississippi, Montana, North Carolina, North Dakota, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Wisconsin, West Virginia and Wyoming. 

State MCH Programs not on this list are encouraged to seek information on if and how your state led exchange will fund navigator programs and if Title V agencies are eligible.