California non-profits to benefit from ObamaCare

A new and promising way for non-profits, churches, and service organizations in California to raise funds is to explain and enroll their members and clients in ObamaCare.

Awarded a $647 million federal grant to set up a Health Insurance Marketplace and to launch an outreach and enrollment program, California will use some of these funds to pay a $58 bounty for each successful new application and $25 for each successful annual renewal.

The only ones who can receive these fees are certified enrollment entities who are:

Organizations who can demonstrate to Covered California that they have existing relationships, or could easily establish relationships, with consumers or self-employed individuals likely to be eligible for enrollment in a Covered California health plan. 

They include:

  • American Indian Tribe or Tribal Organizations
  • Chambers of Commerce
  • City Government Agency
  • Community Clinics
  • Community Colleges and Universities
  • Faith-Based Organizations
  • Labor Unions
  • Non-Profit Community Organizations
  • Ranching and farming organizations
  • Resource partners of Small Businesses
  • School Districts
  • Tax Preparers
  • Trade, industry, and professional organizations.

Once these organizations have been certified as an enrollment entity, their staff or members need to be trained as Certified Enrollment Counselors.  How much each counselor is paid or whether they are paid is up to the enrollment entity. They could do it as a volunteer service to their organization or as a job.

Since an estimated 5.3 million Californians are expected to be enrolled this could amount to a significant source of funds for non-profits and social service organizations.

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