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Affordable Care Act (ACA) Consumer Assistance Program Grants

Number: 93.519
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Office: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

Program Information 

Program Number/Title (010):
93.519 Affordable Care Act (ACA) Consumer Assistance Program Grants
Federal Agency (030):
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Department of Health and Human Services
Authorization (040):
The Public Health Service Act Section 2793, as amended by Section 1002 of the ACA.
Objectives (050):
To assist consumers with filing complaints and appeals, assist consumers with enrollment into health coverage, and educate consumers on their rights and responsibilities. In addition, by law they will collect data on consumer inquires and complaints to help the Secretary identify problems in the marketplace and strengthen enforcement. Starting in 2014, programs must also help resolve problems with premium credits for Exchange coverage.
Types of Assistance (060):
Project Grants
Uses and Use Restrictions (070):
Grant Funds are to be used as outlined in Section 1002 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Section 1002 also includes specific restrictions for these grant funds. ..
Eligibility Requirements (080)
Applicant Eligibility (081):
Consumer Assistance program grants are grants to States.
Beneficiary Eligibility (082):
Projects will benefit (1) Consumer Assistance Program.
Credentials/Documentation (083):
Applicants should review the funding opportunity announcement documents issued under this CFDA program for any required proof or certifications which must be submitted prior to or simultaneous with submission of an application package. OMB Circular No. A-87 applies to this program.
Application and Award Process (090)
Preapplication Coordination (091):
Preapplication coordination is not applicable. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
Application Procedures (092):
OMB Circular No. A-102 applies to this program. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-110. Grant applications and required forms for this program can be obtained from Grants.gov. CCIIO requires all applicants to apply electronically through Grants.gov
Award Procedure (093):
All qualified applications will be forwarded to an objective review committee. Based on the advice of the objective review committee, the CCIIOprogram with delegated authority is responsible for final selection and funding decisions. Notification is made in writing by a Notice of Grant Award.
Deadlines (094):
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Range of Approval/Disapproval Time (095):
From 30 to 60 days.
Appeals (096):
Not Applicable.
Renewals (097):
Not Applicable.
Assistance Consideration (100)
Formula and Matching Requirements (101):
Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program.
This program has no matching requirements.
This program does not have MOE requirements.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance (102):
Section 1002 of the ACA states that grants shall be awarded to States for the creation or expansion of consumer assistance or ombudsman program. Awards made under this grant will be for 12 months. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: lump sum.
Post Assistance Requirements (110)
Reports (111):
As required under the Public Health Service (PHS) Act Section 2793(d), awardees are expected to submit quarterly data reports to HHS. Quarterly reports will be due 30 days after the end of each quarter. Awardees must also agree to respond to requests and provide data on consumer assistance activities as needed by the Secretary. Awardees must also submit a quarterly electronic Federal Financial Report (FFR) Cash Transaction Report via the Payment Management System. The report identifies cash expenditures against the authorized funds for the grant. The FFR Cash Transaction Report must be filed within 30 days of the end of each quarter. An additional Final Financial Report is due within 90 days of the end of the grant period of performance. Go to www.dpm.psc.gov for additional information. Please also refer to the funding opportunity announcement for required reports. Performance monitoring may include training, technical assistance, conference calls, and seminars. Submit a quarterly electronic Federal Financial Report (FFR) Cash Transaction Report via the Payment Management System. The report identifies cash expenditures against the authorized funds for the grant. The FFR Cash Transaction Reports must be filed within 30 days of the end of each quarter. Failure to submit the report may result in the inability to access grant funds. Go to www.dpm.psc.gov for additional information. Refer to funding opportunity announcement for required reports. Submit a Financial Status Report (FSR or SF-269) directly to OS. The report identifies cash expenditures against the authorized funds for the grant. The Financial Status Report must be filed annually. Failure to submit the report may result in the inability to access subsequent grant funds. Performance monitoring may include training, technical assistance, conference calls, and seminars.
Audits (112):
In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133.
Records (113):
Grantees are required to maintain grant accounting records and progress reports 3 years after the date they submit the final Federal Financial Report. If any litigation, claim, negotiation, audit or other action involving the award has been started before the expiration of the 3-year period, the records shall be retained until completion of the action and resolution of all issues which arise from it, or until the end of the regular 3-year period, whichever is later.
Financial Information (120)
Obligations (122):
(Project Grants) FY 12 $32,459,356; FY 13 est $29,000,000; and FY 14 Estimate Not Available
Range and Average of Financial Assistance (123):
Available funds per applicant are based on State populations and requested funding amount. The award minimum is $200,000 unless applicant requests less than the minimum award amount.
Program Accomplishments (130):
Fiscal Year 2013: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2014: N/A. Fiscal Year 2015: No Current Data Available
Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature (140):
This program is subject to the provisions of 45 CFR Part 92 for State, local and tribal governments or 45 CFR Part 74 for institutions of higher education, hospitals, other non profit organizations and commercial organizations, as applicable.

CCIIO awards are subject to the requirements of the HHS Grants Policy Statement (HHS GPS) that are applicable based on recipient type and purpose of award. The HHS GPS is available at http://dhhs.gov/asfr/ogapa/aboutog/ogpoe.html
Information Contacts (150)
Regional or Local Office (151) :
See Regional Agency Offices. Holly Whelan, Consumer Support Group, Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight, Department of Health and Human Services, HHH Building, 200 Independence Ave., S.W., Washington D.C. 20201.
Headquarters Office (152):
Michelle T. Feagins, 200 Independence Ave., SW, Washington, District of Columbia 20201 Email: michelle.feagins@hhs.gov Phone: (202) 260-6121.
Website Address (153):
http://www.cciio.cms.gov/
Examples of Funded Projects (170):
Not Applicable.
Criteria for Selecting Proposals (180):
Approval of an application will be based on an analysis of the factors set forth in Section V--Application Review in the funding opportunity announcement.