HAP Awarded $220,000 by MNsure to Expand Outreach

HAP Awarded $220,000 by MNsure to Expand Outreach and Enrollment Services to Immigrants and Refugees in Metro

HAP outreach staff at MNsure enrollment
HAP outreach staff are eager to help residents enroll in health insurance during MNsure’s open enrollment period, beginning November 1.

Hmong American Partnership (HAP) has secured $220,000 in renewed funding from Minnesota’s Health Insurance Marketplace (MNsure) to help enroll an additional 3,000 individuals in need of health insurance and provide outreach education to at least 10,000 more.

HAP is one of 45 organizations across the state that will share 25 grants totaling $4.2 million. The grants are part of MNsure?s Navigator Outreach and Enrollment Program, which helps uninsured populations acquire and maintain health coverage. Funding is divided into two categories: Geographic Focus and Population Focus. Geographic Focus grants help Minnesotans needing navigator services gain access to in-person assistance. Population Focus grants help organizations reach, enroll, and renew coverage for populations that are largely uninsured due to barriers to enrollment.

During 2017-2018, HAP navigators alone helped 5,506 individuals apply for coverage and screened and/or helped answer questions for 9,084 individuals, nearly double the goal set at the start of the year. The majority of individuals served were from the Hmong and Karen(ni) communities, both of which have historically experienced higher rates of uninsurance due to income and language barriers.

HAP’s outreach efforts have been highly successful, thanks to its diverse team of bilingual navigators with community ties to immigrant and refugee Minnesotans. These navigators reach out to community members where they shop, work, and celebrate to ensure greater inclusion.

“Health navigation and outreach services are crucial to addressing health disparities in our community,” said Bao Vang, President and CEO of HAP. “With this grant, we can educate more residents about the risk factors they face and then accelerate the enrollment process to improve their overall health outcomes.”

For questions or press inquiries please contact: 
Damon Guinn, Director of Communications, HAP 
Phone: 651-495-1642 
Email: damong@hmong.org

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