The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently released a funding opportunity announcement (FOA) for cooperative agreements to finance Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Exchange Navigators in the 34 states with Facility-federated Exchange (FFE) and State Partnership Exchanges. Navigators must be qualified to inform a broad range of consumers about insurance programs and their health care options through qualified health plans (QHPS) within Exchanges. At least two types of entities must serve as Navigators in each Exchange, including at least one community and consumer-focused nonprofit. Other entities may include: trade, industry and professional associations; commercial fishing industry organizations; ranching and farming organizations; chambers of commerce; unions; resource partners of the Small Business Administration; licensed insurance agents and brokers; tribal organizations; state or local human services agencies; and other public or private entities. Apportionments have been predetermined for each of the 34 FFE/State Partnership Exchange service areas (States) for a minimum of $600,000 per State. (The apportionment in Indiana is $1,516,694.) Applications are due June 7th. Prospective applicants are encouraged to submit a non-binding letter of intent by May 1st. There is a pre-application conference call on April 19th(3:30pm, EDT). The use of Prevention and Public Health Fund resources to finance this initiative has drawn vehement criticism among legislators.