By Emily McKinley, Health Information Specialist The countdown to the full implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) is in full swing. Yet, there are still many questions lingering among health care organizations and consumers. One is, who can help me purchase the right plan? The legislation addressed this in a not so tidy fashion. That is to say, in an effort to provide assistance to consumers, multiple types of “assisters” have been created. Here’s your Who’s Who Among ACA Assisters rundown: · Navigators are ACA assisters who are funded by grant money. Indiana’s Navigators will be funded with federal dollars but will have to complete training and be certified by both the federal government and the state. Navigators will be the most extensively trained assisters in Indiana. They will provide outreach and education as well as assistance to consumers as they shop and apply for insurance coverage. Navigators must remain unbiased and
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