The Affordable Care Act implemented National Insurance Navigator Programs to have insurance navigators assist the uninsured in signing up for health insurance. Since 2017, the federal administration has severely cut the budget for the National Insurance Navigator Program resulting in less help for the uninsured to find health insurance, especially for individuals with bilingual needs or more complicated cases. The COVID-19 pandemic has left millions of people without work and health insurance. Navigators are now to assist these millions of extra uninsured with severely tight budgets. Some navigators may have lost their jobs or be furloughed due to COVID risks, which adds further pressure on existing and struggling Navigator Programs. We will examine navigator employment situations before and after COVID-19 and the challenges these health workers face mitigating the financial and health risks of unemployed workers.
Lead Researcher:Marieke van Eijk, PhD
Funder:HRSA: HWRC Health Equity