House Resolution 807 urges the Department of Insurance to conduct a thorough review of the Affordable Care Act’s navigator program. “Illinois has received $36 million in federal funds to be spent on the navigator program,” State Rep. Tom Morrison (R-Arlington Heights) told reporters. “Federal dollars are still taxpayer dollars, and the citizens of this state need to know where the money has gone and how it is being spent.”
In August, Illinois Review reported a list of politically-connected non-profit organizations that were awarded ObamaCare grants to hire "in-person" counselors.
The list of organizations getting millions from the federal government grant include public-sector union locals, as well as immigrant- and LGBT-focused groups hand-picked by Governor Quinn. The AIDS Foundation of Chicago is to get $650,000.00, the Chicago Federation of Labor Workers is to get $250,000.00, the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights lists to get $1,250,000.00 and SEIU Local 4 is to receive $710,000.00.
As part of the Affordable Care Act, approximately 1200 navigators were hired in Illinois to help citizens become compliant with the mandatory health insurance component of the Act. Audits in other states have uncovered abuses, inefficiencies and a lack of accountability.
“This is a matter of transparency and accountability,” said Morrison. “There have been enough instances of abuse and inefficiency in other states to where we feel the audit here in Illinois is necessary.”
Below is a list of organizations the governor's office revealed this year:
Illinois Review's original story on the groups HERE