HHS Limited Competition for Affordable Care Act Consumer Assistance Program Grants

Description:

Consumers will need to understand new programs, avail themselves of new protections, and navigate health coverage options to find the most affordable coverage that meets their needs. As noted in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) Consumer Assistance Program Grants Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) posted on July 22, 2010, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) interprets Section 2793 of the PHS Act to require grantees to accept the inquiries and problems of uninsured consumers. Because Qualified Health Plans in the Marketplace are health insurance coverage, the statute requires CAPs to provide assistance to individuals enrolled in QHPs, in addition to other forms of health insurance coverage.

Funding Title:    Limited Competition for Affordable Care Act Consumer Assistance Program Grants

Agency Name:    Department of Health and Human Services, Consumer Information & Insurance Oversight

Funding Instrument Type:     Grant

Express Language for Legal Aid:    Yes

Target Population:    Vulnerable populations, comprised of the economically disadvantaged, racial and ethnic minorities, the uninsured, low-income children, the elderly, the homeless, those with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), and those with other chronic health conditions, including severe mental illness

Expected Number of Awards:    12

Cost Sharing or Matching Requirement:    No

How to Apply:     Applications must be received electronically through www.grants.gov

Current Closing Date for Applications:   Sep 15, 2014

Estimated Total Program Funding:           $5,314,364

Award Ceiling:    $442,863

Award Floor:    $0

Eligible Applicants:    State governments – All Consumer Assistance Program (CAP) grantees who received funds in the 2010 funding cycle
are eligible to apply (2010 CAP awardees). For the purposes of this FOA, a 2010 CAP awardee means the District of Columbia, and 35 states,  to include Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts,
Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin and West Virginia

Priority Consideration:   

Policy and Regulations on Use of Funds:     See full announcement

Current/Past Funding Recipients:

Samples of Successful Application:

Link to Full Announcement:    https://www.grantsolutions.gov/gs/preaward/previewPublicAnnouncement.do?id=49797

Contact Information:

  1. Programmatic Questions

Programmatic questions about the Limited Competition for Affordable Care Act Consumer

Assistance Program Grants should be directed to:

Paul Tibbits

Consumer Support Group

Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

Department of Health and Human Services

Paul.Tibbits@cms.hhs.gov

301-492-4229

  1. Administrative Questions

Shamia Blanks

Division of Grants Management

Office of Acquisition and Grants Management

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

Department of Health and Human Services

shamia.blanks@cms.hhs.gov

(301) 492-4315

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Categories: Affordable Care Act, Children, Consumer, Elderly, Express Language for Legal Aid, Government Organizations, Health Care, HHS, HIV/AIDS, Homeless, Medicaid, Subgrant Possibilities

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