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How To Get A Job As An ObamaCare Health Insurance Exchange Navigator

Tens of thousands of ObamaCare navigator jobs have opened up as part of the health insurance exchanges that are being constructed around the country. It is reported that these jobs will start around $20 per hour and go all the way up to $48 per hour for the federal exchange. The states that are creating their own exchanges will be responsible for hiring and training their own navigators and assisters so details of what they are paying is hard to find.  

Navigator Job Qualifications


You do not have to have a college degree to apply for this job but the exact qualifications will vary depending on where you live. In order to get a federal navigator job you will have to have 20 hours of training and pass an online exam that shows you understand the ACA and are unbiased. The requirement to pass an online exam is also a high probability for the states that have their own exchanges but the requirements will vary for each of those 16 states. It may be quite hard to get these jobs if you are unfamiliar with the health care industry and insurance in general.

The honest truth is that the Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare) is still behind schedule and most everyone associated with the roll out is trying to get the website up and working like it was intended. With so much chaos and uncertainty, initial hiring for navigator/assister jobs will most likely be happening across the country for many months to come and be ongoing after that.

How To Find A Navigator Job

Insurance exchange navigator jobs are going to be available through all sorts of organizations such as church groups, United Way Agencies, community health centers, chambers of commerce, universities, various food groups, Planned Parenthood, Native American tribes, various foundations, unions, senior citizen groups, and many others. These jobs CANNOT be found in one place online or offline. There is no central hiring point for any of these jobs and that makes them harder to find.

Right now if you go online and Google “ObamaCare navigator jobs” you won’t get many results that look promising because few of the jobs are being advertised online. Your best odds of finding one is to do a lot of legwork by contacting and talking to people who are associated with any of the groups listed above. You need to make contacts and ask questions until you find someone who can steer you in the right direction for your city or area.

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12/13/2013 Update: for a list of organizations throughout the country that have gotten federal grants that will go toward hiring navigators. please click here. Only states that will use the federal marketplace are on that list. Find your state to see which organizations or community groups got grants and contact them to find out how to get hired as a navigator.

On 12/11/2013 another $58 million dollars in grants were rewarded to over 1,000 health centers across the country. This list includes every state so you can use it no matter where you live to find health centers near you that are getting money to hire navigators. See list here.

**Additionally, you can view and print the federal government’s job manual for navigators. It is a 207 PDF document you can use to familiarize yourself with the job and see if you think you are qualified.

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Your chances of finding work will depend somewhat on what state and city you live in. For instance, California is reported to be hiring upwards of 20,000 navigators but most states will hire many less than that. At this time some states are in the process of hiring while other states haven’t even completed building their marketplaces yet so they are not hiring.

Keep meeting people, calling people, and asking questions. Try to make a connection with someone that might have information that will lead to a job. Even though we are in mid September right now, many navigator jobs have NOT been filled and hiring is for them is ongoing.

Links:

http://www.cms.gov/cciio/programs-and-initiatives/health-insurance-marketplaces/assistance.html

http://www.cms.gov/CCIIO/Resources/Files/Downloads/marketplace-ways-to-help.pdf

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