CMS Announces $20 Million in ARPA Funding

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced $20 Million in American Rescue Plan funding available to improve access to State-based Marketplace coverage. These grants will help to modernize Health Insurance Marketplaces by improving access to affordable, comprehensive health insurance coverage for consumers.


Up to 21 cooperative agreement grants can be awarded to currently-approved SBMs that meet the application requirements, including those that use the for eligibility and enrollment. Funding can be used for:

  • Make modifications to systems or technology infrastructure related to the implementation of applicable federal requirements.
  • For program policies or procedures required for implementation of applicable federal requirements.

Applications from eligible SBM applicants will be due on July 20, 2021. CMS anticipates issuing grant awards in early September 2021. The period of performance for this grant will be from the date of the award through September 30, 2022.

To view the Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) and see additional details regarding eligibility, program requirements, key deadlines, and application submission information, visit, and search for CFDA # 93.525.


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