For the third budget period (2023-2024) of the Cooperative Agreement to Support Navigators in Federally-facilitated Exchanges, the Urban League of Broward County will maintain its comprehensive and interagency collaboration strategy to provide healthcare navigation services in four target communities in Florida. These services aim to improve access to healthcare coverage and healthcare services and reduce health disparities in the underserved and vulnerable communities across our Service Area.
The Urban League of Broward County will remain the lead Navigator organization for the Florida Consortium, which includes sub-grantees Tallahassee Urban League, the Pinellas County Urban League, and the Urban League of Palm Beach County. Under this arrangement, the Florida Consortium will provide navigator services in four Florida counties: Broward County, Leon County, Palm Beach County, and Pinellas County. Service to these four counties represents an estimated 595,000+ uninsured individuals and families in Florida or roughly 23% of uninsured consumers in the entire state. The amount of funding requested is $2,249,943.00 for the 2023-2024 budget period.
The Consortium will employ 20 full-time (16 Navigators and 4 Senior Navigators) active Staff for the four target communities. This staff will be federally trained and certified/re-certified by November 1, 2023, and throughout OE, which will end on January 25, 2024. In addition, 12 active Full-time Navigator staff will be federally trained and certified/re-certified post-open enrollment for the special enrollment period from January 16, 2024, to the end of the budget year.
In addition to assisting our core population, the Florida Consortium will retain a focus on serving the following special, underserved and vulnerable (SUV) populations: low-income,African-American, Latino, Native American, the LGBTQ+ community, families with young children, individuals with disabilities, individuals with Limited English Proficiency (LEP), young adults aged 18-34, homeless, individuals at high risk for chronic illness and returning citizens.
The Consortium has established strong partnerships with organizations demonstrating deep-rooted track records with each of the SUV populations. The Consortium created and now maintains these special population partnerships to encourage collaboration and the exchange of community stakeholder resources and subject matter expertise for the development and execution of outreach strategies between the Consortium and partnering organizations.