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Certified Navigators to Assist During Open Enrollment

Monday, October 31, 2016

With open enrollment for 2017 under away, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), announced $63 million in Navigator grant awards to returning and new organizations.  These awards will support local in-person assistance to help consumers navigate, shop, and enroll in the wide variety of Marketplace coverage options. 

“We are committed to making sure consumers have all the resources they need to find the right plan,” said Kevin Counihan, CEO of the Health Insurance Marketplace.  “We know in-person assistance is critical to connecting individuals and families with quality, affordable health coverage that best meets their needs.”

Navigators are trained individuals and organizations who help consumers, small businesses, and employees as they look for health coverage options and financial assistance through the Marketplace.  Navigators can meet in person with consumers and help them understand the coverage options available to them as well as help them pick, apply for, and enroll in a plan of their choice. 

The 2015 Navigator Funding Opportunity Announcement required applicants to submit a proposal covering the full 36-month project period.  This is the second year of a three-year funding cycle for the returning grantees that currently provide local in-person assistance. Funding is released in 12 month increments as CMS continually assesses Navigator grantees’ performance for ongoing support. 

GROW South Dakota will again provide outreach and enrollment services for the Affordable Care Act.  ACA Navigators are available state-wide. 

Important Open Enrollment dates:

  • November 1, 2016: Open Enrollment starts - first day you can enroll, re-enroll, or change a 2017 insurance plan through the Health Insurance Marketplace. Coverage can start as soon as January 1, 2017.
  • December 15, 2016: Last day to enroll in or change plans for coverage to start January 1, 2017.
  • January 1, 2017: 2017 coverage starts for those who enroll or change plans by December 15.
  • January 31, 2017: Last day to enroll in or change a 2017 health plan. After this date, you can enroll or change plans only if you qualify for a Special Enrollment Period

Carla Burns is a certified Marketplace Navigator and has been certified with the program since it started. Carla ( can be contacted at (605) 626-2565 to schedule an enrollement or re-enrollment appointment.

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