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Money To Train Texas Health Insurance Navigators Is Here


Money for the so-called health insurance “navigators” has arrived. The federal government announced Thursday that eight Texas organizations will receive a total of $10.8 million to train “navigators” to help uninsured Texans find coverage on the new marketplace set to open Oct.1.

The biggest grant for navigator hiring and training in Texas, $5.8 million, is going to United Way of Tarrant County. Along with eight other organizations across the state (North Texas groups listed below), United Way of Tarrant County will have about five weeks to complete training before they can help individuals apply for coverage. According to an HHS spokeswoman, navigators must complete about 20 hours of initial base training.

North Texas Grant Recipients: 

  • United Way of Tarrant County
  • National Urban League
  • National Hispanic Council on Aging

Lauren Silverman was the Health, Science & Technology reporter/blogger at KERA News. She was also the primary backup host for KERA’s Think and the statewide newsmagazine  Texas Standard. In 2016, Lauren was recognized as Texas Health Journalist of the Year by the Texas Medical Association. She was part of the Peabody Award-winning team that covered Ebola for NPR in 2014. She also hosted "Surviving Ebola," a special that won Best Long Documentary honors from the Public Radio News Directors Inc. (PRNDI). And she's won a number of regional awards, including an honorable mention for Edward R. Murrow award (for her project “The Broken Hip”), as well as the Texas Veterans Commission’s Excellence in Media Awards in the radio category.