The final tally for North Carolina’s federal “Navigator” funding will come to nearly $2.9 million, which is $93,457 more than originally announced two weeks ago.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services adjusted the funding after abruptly canceling grants previously awarded to R&B Solutions, an Illinois organization that had gone through a bankruptcy reorganization.
The grants will pay for outreach and enrollment for subsidized insurance under the Affordable Care Act. Last year North Carolina received $3 million to train and deploy more than 400 navigators who helped push the state to the nation’s fifth-highest enrollment under the health care law.
As a result of the last-minute funding change, Mountain Projects in western North Carolina had its funding restored to $303,955. Mountain Projects was not on the original grant announcement two weeks ago after being funded last year for $359,750.
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To free up money for Mountain Projects, the federal agency canceled R&B Solutions’ grant for $76,795 in North Carolina. The agency also killed grants for R&B in three other states.
The feds also scaled back funding for two North Carolina groups that were awarded funding earlier this month.
Raleigh-based Legal Aid of North Carolina was cut by $66,841, for a final grant of just over $2.2 million.
Durham-based Alcohol/Drug Council was cut by nearly the same amount – $66,842 – for a final grant of $360,768.