REACH Foundation Funds Insurance Enrollment Efforts Across Region


News Release

MERRIAM, KANSAS – The REACH Healthcare Foundation announced a set of short-term grants to support activities aimed at educating people about health insurance options and assisting them with enrollment through the federally facilitated health insurance marketplace, healthcare.gov. The foundation awarded grants totaling $190,000 to 11 nonprofit organizations in Kansas and Missouri to assist with the open enrollment period that will begin on November 1.

The grants will support the hiring and training of health navigators and Certified Application Counselors; access to online scheduling tools; placement of promotoras and other culturally prepared navigators and assisters in communities with a high proportion of underserved populations; and targeted communications and outreach activities to connect with African American, Hispanic and other racial and ethnic groups that experience high rates of uninsurance.

This year marks the third year that the foundation has awarded grants to support health insurance information and enrollment efforts. William Moore, Ph.D., Vice President of Programs and Evaluation, said lessons learned from the first two open enrollment periods have “given us a road map for how to better reach people who are particularly medically vulnerable because of where they live, cultural and language barriers, and lack of understanding of how to enroll for coverage and qualify for federal premium subsidies.”

“Given the REACH Foundation’s longstanding commitment to ensuring access to quality and affordable health care, it is essential that we take full advantage of this opportunity to connect people to available coverage options, particularly when tax credits and other premium assistance are available,” said Moore.  “These grants are going to organizations that have helped with marketplace enrollment or have relationships with the populations that we are hoping to reach.”

Funded Organization Amount
Community Health Council of Wyandotte County $20,000
Enroll America 42,500
Health Care Coalition of Lafayette County 12,500
Health Partnership Clinic of Johnson County 10,000
Kansas Association for the Medically Underserved 35,000
Kansas City CARE Clinic 10,000
Mid-America Regional Council Community Services Corp. 10,000
Samuel U. Rodgers Health Center, Inc. 10,000
Swope Health Services 10,000
Thrive Allen County, Inc. 10,000
Urban League of Greater Kansas City 20,000
Total Awards $190,000

For more information about the outreach and enrollment grants, contact William Moore at bill@reachhealth.org.