Two VNAA members receive Navigator grants
Friday, August 16, 2013
by: VNAA Member Services

Section: VNAA Updates

VNAA is proud to count among its members Visiting Nurse Services of Iowa in Des Moines and VNA Health Care in Aurora, Ill. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently awarded Navigator grants to both agencies. Navigators will educate the public about and provide fair and impartial information concerning qualified health plans (QHPs), premium tax credits, and cost-sharing reduction payments and facilitate enrollment in QHPs.
Lead by President and CEO Norene Mostkoff, VNS of Iowa has provided a variety of supportive services to meet the health and social service needs of their community since 1908. VNS of Iowa will implement a navigator program serving 38 of Iowa's 99 counties, home to approximately half of the uninsured in Iowa.

“We are very excited about this opportunity,” said Denise Hotopp, vice president of Organizational Integrity for Visiting Nurse Services of Iowa. “It embraces our mission and continues to build on our endeavors to be recognized by the community as a premier organization at the center of providing access to quality health services.” 
VNA Health Care of Aurora, Ill. is the largest low income primary health care provider in Kane County. Under the direction of President and CEO Linnea Windel, who is also Secretary of VNAA's board of directors, VNA Health Care will work hard to reach populations and customers in their homes, following the successful model used in VNA's skilled home nursing service.
"We're thrilled to be helping Americans at this historic time," relates Windel. "We applied for and received three grants to get people enrolled in Medicaid or get insurance through the Exchange, as appropriate.  In total we're receiving nearly $1.2m between the HRSA outreach and enrollment grant, the state In-Person Counselor grant, and the federal Navigator grant. Each grant has its own focus. With the Navigator grant we will focus on serving those who are more isolated and less likely to be out at the community sites. We will literally be in the neighborhoods, providing assistance and helping people enroll without leaving their home.  We'll be following the successful model used by VNAs for decades!"

Please join VNAA in celebrating its members’ achievement and congratulating them on their groundbreaking work. 
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