The Norman Transcript

September 16, 2013

Firm returns health care grant

By Kelli Kennedy
The Associated Press

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — A company that helps people enroll in Medicaid says it won’t be able to sign up people for insurance under the new Affordable Care Act because there is too much scrutiny over the so-called navigator program.

According to an email obtained by The Associated Press, Cardon Outreach says it is returning more than $800,000 in federal grant money. It was supposed to be used to hire navigators to help people sign up for insurance in Florida, Oklahoma, Utah and Pennsylvania.

Supporters of the law say those opposed to it, mostly Republicans, are making it difficult for some of the navigator programs to get off the ground.

More than 100 nonprofits and related organizations have been recruited by the government to sign up navigators.