An arm of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will be awarding $5.3 million in consumer assistance grants to up to 12 states.
The states that get the grants are supposed to use the money to support and expand existing consumer assistance programs that help consumers with health insurance problems and questions.
The Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight (CCIIO) posted the funding opportunity announcement Wednesday. Applications are due at 1 p.m. EDT Sept. 15. The only entities that can apply are those that applied and received consumer assistance program grants through a $29 million 2010 funding opportunity, CCIIO officials say. The entities that received funding in 2010 include the District of Columbia and 35 states.