FAIR Health, Inc. Awarded Grant to Introduce Mobile App to Latino Health Care Consumers in Connecticut

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FAIR Health, Inc., a New York City based not-for-profit corporation whose mission is to bring transparency to health care costs and health insurance information, recently received a 15-month $120,000 grant from the Connecticut Health Foundation (CT Health). The grant will enable FAIR Health to offer a consumer decision support tool to Latinos in Connecticut. Specifically, FAIR Health will translate its nationally recognized mobile app into Spanish and add state-specific cost data.

“Research continues to show that most consumers, especially the newly insured, lack the necessary understanding of health insurance basics needed to make informed health care decisions—whether selecting a plan or managing health care and related costs. FAIR Health is honored to be given the opportunity to advance health care literacy and decision making among Connecticut residents,” said Robin Gelburd, president of FAIR Health.

The English-Spanish interactive app will enable newly insured and uninsured consumers to better compare and estimate health care costs and understand their coverage. FAIR Health will work with Connecticut organizations that serve Latino communities in order to develop, test and spread the app.

“For the past two years, CT Health has invested in community outreach to enroll eligible Latinos in health insurance, but that is only a beginning,” said Tiffany Donelson, CT Health vice president of the program. “Mobile devices like smartphones and tablets are closing digital divides in Latino communities and CT Health is excited to explore a high tech, culturally and linguistically tailored approach to helping people use their health insurance benefits,” Donelson added.

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