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Deadline: May 22, 2015

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: Partnerships to Increase Coverage in Communities II Initiative

The purpose of the Partnerships to Increase Coverage in Communities II (PICC II) Initiative is to educate various uninsured populations, including racial and ethnic minority populations and those that are economically and/or environmentally disadvantaged (such as limited English proficient and immigrant and refugee populations) who are eligible for health coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace, about the Marketplace and to assist them with enrollment and completion of the application to determine their eligibility and obtain or purchase health coverage offered through the Marketplace.

Activities will include:

  • Establishing and/or strengthening diverse community partnerships to maximize outreach and enrollment of the targeted population(s)
  • Developing and providing culturally and linguistically appropriate information and education sessions regarding the Marketplace designed for consumers with limited English proficiency (LEP) or low health literacy levels
  • Disseminating Office of Minority Health, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) or state-developed information that will increase awareness of the Marketplace
  • Editing or developing multilingual materials to effectively provide more culturally competent services specific to the target population
  • Establishing SMART (specific, measurable, accurate, realistic, and timely) objectives that will include a measure for the number of individuals from the targeted population(s) over the two-year project period that will receive assistance with applying for health coverage offered through the Marketplace
  • Monitoring and/or adapting strategies to reach the application’s enrollment targets

Successful applicants will have established relationships with coalitions/partners and have a demonstrated track record of working with racial and ethnic minority populations including those that are economically and environmentally disadvantaged to develop and implement a strategy to educate eligible target population(s) about the Affordable Care Act, the Marketplace and the application process. Applicants in states in which the Federally Facilitated Marketplace does not operate may also apply for these funds. However, they must work with the State-based Marketplace in their state to receive training and educational materials. Successful applicants in states in which the Federally Facilitated Marketplace operates must use materials developed by CMS on the Affordable Care Act, the Marketplace, and the Marketplace application process to ensure that the information given to the targeted populations is correct. Overall outreach efforts and assistance offered in completing the application must be culturally and linguistically appropriate. The applicants that receive an award must assist any consumer seeking assistance, even if that consumer is not a member of the group they stated they expect to serve in their funded proposal.

Amount: Approximately 14 – 17 projects will be funded at an estimated range of $200,000 to $250,000 per project.

Eligibility: Nonprofit with or without 501(c)(3) IRS status; For-profit organizations; Small, minority, and women-owned businesses; Universities; Colleges; Research institutions; Hospitals; Community-based organizations; Faith-based organizations; Federally recognized or state-recognized American Indian/Alaska Native tribal governments; American Indian/Alaska Native tribally designated organizations; Alaska Native health corporations; Urban Indian health organizations; Tribal epidemiology centers; State and local governments or their bona fide agents; Political subdivisions of States (in consultation with States).

Link: https://www.acf.hhs.gov/hhsgrantsforecast/index.cfm?switch=grant.view&gff_grants_forecastInfoID=72385

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