The Department of Health and Human Services Announces Availability of Navigator Grants

The Department of Health and Human Services released a Notice of Funding Availability for grants for the navigator program authorized by the Affordable Care Act. The grants are available to organizations in states that the federal government is running or partnering with to maintain the private health insurance marketplaces. Navigators assist people with enrolling in health insurance programs. Organizations that are interested must submit a letter of intent by July 10. For pre-application webinars or more information, visit the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services website.

Senate Confirms New Health and Human Services Secretary

The Senate confirmed Sylvia Mathews Burwell as the new Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) last Thursday. The vote was 78 in favor and 17 voting against confirmation. Burwell is moving into the position from her post as the director of the Office of Management and Budget where she was easily confirmed in a 96-0 vote last April.