State accepting applications to join ACA outreach effort

By WEEK Producer

State accepting applications to join ACA outreach effort

May 6, 2013 Updated May 6, 2013 at 3:25 PM CDT

CHICAGO, Ill. – The state is now accepting applications from community-based organizations that help educate the public about the Affordable Care Act.

Organizations that currently provide outreach and consumer education efforts can apply for assistance from the state.
Governor Quinn’s announcement is part of his agenda to ensure all people have access to quality healthcare.
 “We’ve got a big job to do making sure that people across Illinois are aware of the affordable and high-quality health care coverage options that will soon be available through the Affordable Care Act,” Governor Quinn said. “That’s why we are partnering with trusted organizations that have proven records of success and roots in communities across Illinois to ensure that no one is left out.”
The Illinois Department of Public Health along with the Health Insurance Marketplace, will be accepting applications until May 30, from community groups and other qualified organizations who want to participate in the In-Person Counselor (IPC) Program.
The state has received approximately $28 million in federal funds for grants to participating groups.
Submissions will be competitively scored based upon quality of application, organizational capacity, and proposed scope of work. Special consideration will be given to ensure proper statewide distribution of funding based on population, regional and cultural needs. Organizations that are selected through the online application process will participate in outreach training this summer.
For more information about the state’s implementation of the Affordable Care Act, go to: www.HealthCareReform.illinois.gov.  
For more information about the application process for the Illinois In-Person Counselor (IPC) Grant Program, go to: http://www2.illinois.gov/gov/healthcarereform/Pages/IPC.aspx.

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