WASHINGTON, D.C. | November 1, 2013
Dear Secretary Sebelius:
We understand worker centers have received federal taxpayer grants under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) to serve as navigators. Accordingly, we are investigating the funding and activities of worker centers. To further this investigation, we ask you to provide information, documents, and communications relating to PPACA grants awarded to worker centers.
Under section 1311 of PPACA, entities with an existing relationship, or those that could readily establish a relationship, with employer and employees, consumers, or self-employed individuals likely to be qualified to enroll in a qualified health plan may receive grants to serve as a navigator. Among other things, navigators are expected to conduct public education activities to raise awareness of the availability of qualified health plans and facilitate enrollment in qualified health plans. Information made available by navigators must be fair, accurate, and impartial.
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