TOPEKA, KS - People across the country continue signing up for the Affordable Care Act. And now, one Topeka group is getting some extra training due to the large number of people registering.
As Nicolette Schleisman explains Positive Connections is looking for a way to pay for it.
Positive Connections in Topeka says they need to get familiar with the Affordable Care Act.
"What we do on a daily basis is we work with people who are HIV positive get them connected to medical care," said Debbie Guilbault, Executive Director, Positive Connections.
Executive Director, Debbie Guilbault, says they tried to apply to become a navigator through the state, which comes with grant money - but they were turned down.
That is because Kansas is already getting $600,000 for navigator programs. That money comes down to about $1.84 per uninsured person in the state.
Guilbault says adding the navigator service would grow their services.
"It will open us up again to expanding beyond just our HIV positive population And allow us to provide a wider range of service to the community," said Guilbault.
But some good news came this week, they were approved as a certified application counselor designated organization. It is like a navigator, as it allows them to help people signing up. But through this option - there is less training and no state money.
To get those needed funds, they have applied for a social services grant through Shawnee County.
"What I guess is more frightening is proposed budget cuts that could take affect for 2014 that would affect current funding that we are currently receiving that would make it more difficult for us to continue to provide the level of service we do and certainly expand services," said Guilbault.
Training will start on how to ease the confusion for people signing up for healthcare. But for now, it is a waiting game on if these helpers will have the money to support it.
We reached out to the Shawnee County Commissioners about the Grant application process, but no one was available for comment Friday.
Positive Connections says if they do not get funding through the county, they will look to other local organizations for help.