Six organizations to get grants for Obamacare marketplace aid
New Hampshire residents interested in signing up for insurance through the new online federal marketplace have new local resources for help.
At a news conference yesterday, the New Hampshire Health Plan announced the six organizations that will receive grants from a $5.4 million pot of federal funding to provide assistance to New Hampshire residents seeking insurance through the new federal marketplace.
The groups are Foundation for Healthy Communities in Concord, Greater Derry Community Health Service, ServiceLink Resource Center Consortium in Laconia, North Country Health Consortium in Littleton, The Bhutanese Community of New Hampshire in Manchester and Planned Parenthood of Northern New England in West Lebanon.
New Hampshire Health Plan will also coordinate a statewide education and outreach campaign.
The health insurance marketplaces that opened yesterday are one of the key provisions of the federal Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.
The marketplaces are basically websites where people can shop for health insurance and tax credits to help pay for it.
Individuals with incomes between 100 percent and 400 percent of the federal poverty level ($11,500 to $46,000 for an individual in 2013) may qualify for tax credits and subsidies to reduce what they pay out-of-pocket for care.
Planned Parenthood of Northern New England is also one of the two organizations that received federal grants for statewide efforts as navigators to help people work through the site. The other is Bi-State Primary Care Association.
Despite the federal government shutdown that began at midnight, the marketplaces will be open, though many delays and technical difficulties were reported nationwide yesterday.
(Sarah Palermo can be reached at 369-3322 or email@example.com or on Twitter @SPalermoNews.)