Community Care Network of Kansas (Community Care) will use a statewide network of federally qualified health centers (FQHC) and other community-based clinics and two virtual Navigators to expand the reach of Project Navigators statewide and in targeted communities.
Total funding amount for budget year 2 as provided in the proposed funding allocation letter is $1,175,000.
The Cover Kansas Navigator Network will engage in statewide outreach and education, and enrollment assistance to ensure all Kansans have access to Navigator assistance. Residents in every county are susceptible to vulnerabilities due to inequities in resources and other barriers to health, such as insurance status, income, racism, geography, health professional shortages, or other economic and social drivers. Community Care clinics serve everyone and specialize in providing care to uninsured, underinsured, and other vulnerable populations. Navigators strategically placed at Community Care clinic locations throughout the state will be well-positioned to provide targeted, linguistically appropriate assistance to vulnerable populations living in underserved communities.
The Cover Kansas project will also target other underserved or vulnerable populations, especially those less likely to be familiar with the FFE. These include low-income hourly wage workers, self-employed workers, individuals who lost insurance due to COVID-19, pregnant women and new mothers, individuals recently released from incarceration, individuals with mental health and substance use disorders, individuals with HIV/AIDS, Medicaid-eligible consumers who are not enrolled in coverage, as well as consumers who are impacted by the Medicaid Unwind process this year. Navigators will provide targeted assistance to Kansans with income between 100% and 400% of FPL and eligible for Advanced Premium Tax Credits to help make their health insurance premiums more affordable. Additionally, Navigators will continue to spread awareness of the new Special Enrollment Period for consumers with income under 150% of FPL. The Cover Kansas Navigator Network will serve statewide, all 105 Kansas counties. At least 30 federally certified Navigators will be federally trained and certified or re-certified by October 1, 2022, 100% of which will be full-time Navigators. Navigators will work in clinics within the Community Care Network, assuring a physical presence in the communities they serve, and will have the capacity to serve consumers virtually over phone or secure video call. After Open Enrollment ends, at least 15 FTE (50%) will remain active to provide post enrollment support and SEP outreach and assistance. 15 (50%) will remain as part-time Navigators.