Well being agency OKs phone for &#039navigator&#039 deal – Arkansas On the web

A state agency will solicit bids Monday for contracts to assistance Arkansans enroll in protection presented as a result of the state’s health and fitness insurance exchange, the agency’s board resolved Friday.

In approving the solicitation in a mobile phone meeting, the Arkansas Well being Insurance Marketplace board of directors didn’t say how quite a few outreach employees, recognized as navigators, they hope to utilize underneath the contracts. But a market spokesman has reported the agency will very likely search for to have 15, the exact number that were being used underneath a previous deal.

The market operates an insurance exchange for small organizations and promotes enrollment in the state’s federally operated exchange for personal buyers. Open enrollment as a result of the personal exchange, obtainable as a result of health care.gov, operates from Nov. one to Dec. 15.

The 2010 Client Security and Reasonably priced Care Act calls for exchanges to have navigator courses. Cash for the Arkansas navigators will come from a rate, equal to 3 percent of the rates for designs sold on the exchange, that the market collects from insurers.

Below an before deal, the market paid Boston-primarily based Community Consulting Group $552,000 to deliver 15 navigators from Oct. one as a result of June thirty. The consulting organization subcontracted the perform to Enroll the Ridge in Jonesboro and Wrightsville-primarily based Long term Builders.

The consulting organization delivered the preliminary money essential to employ the organizations and was then reimbursed by the market following the agency commenced accumulating the rate in December. The organization didn’t charge a rate for dealing with the contracts.

Subsequent a suggestion from its purchaser guidance committee, the board didn’t specify a funds for the new contracts. The market hopes to award the contracts by Sept. 15 and to have them signed by Oct. one.

Metro on 07/15/2017

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