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Resources by Topic: Benefit enrollment and application

Medicaid and CHIP Eligibility, Enrollment, Renewal, and Cost Sharing Policies as of January 2018: Findings from a 50-State Survey
Provides a detailed overview of state policies related to Medicaid and CHIP (Children's Health Insurance Program). Covers policies related to eligibility, enrollment, renewal, and cost-sharing. Examines how the programs have evolved over time related to implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), discusses 2017 policy changes, and identifies issues that may affect state policies moving forward.
Author(s): Tricia Brooks, Karina Wagnerman, Samantha Artiga, Elizabeth Cornachione
Date: 03/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Kaiser Family Foundation
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New Mexico Mobile Screening Program for Miners Brings Care to the Patients
Highlights a New Mexico program that uses screenings, specialty care via telehealth, and collaboration to meet the healthcare needs of miners with occupational lung disease. Services are provided via a mobile screening clinic housed in a semi that goes to 12 locations in the state.
Author(s): Allee Mead
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 02/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Benefits Counseling Tips: Prepping for Open Enrollment
Summary of tips for outreach, education, and enrollment for the 2018 Marketplace Open Enrollment, based on discussions with representatives from rural community-based programs.
Date: 09/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Georgia Health Policy Center
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Balancing the Risk Pool: Enrolling Young Adults and Other Hard to Reach Populations
Discusses strategies and methods targeted toward hard to reach populations, including rural residents, young adults, immigrants, and the self-employed. Focuses on balancing the health insurance risk pool. Covers statistics on marketplace consumers and breaks down uninsured rates by state using 2015 data.
Date: 08/2017
Type: Presentation Slides
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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Factors Affecting States’ Ability to Respond to Federal Medicaid Cuts and Caps: Which States Are Most At Risk?
Examines 30 key factors that contribute to state-by-state differences in Medicaid per enrollee spending, and uses the factors to rank and identify which states are at greatest risk if federal Medicaid cuts or caps are enacted. Presents findings across five main areas: Medicaid policy, demographics, health status, available tax revenue and state budget choices, and healthcare markets.
Author(s): Robin Rudowitz, Allison Valentine, Petry Ubri, Julia Zur
Date: 06/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Kaiser Family Foundation
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Changing Rural and Urban Enrollment in State Medicaid Programs
Examines changes in Medicaid enrollment from 2012 to 2015 in both expansion and non-expansion states, and compares findings by state based on metropolitan, micropolitan, and rural (noncore) location.
Author(s): Abigail R. Barker, Kelsey Huntzberry, Timothy D. McBride, Keith J. Mueller
Date: 05/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: RUPRI Center for Rural Health Policy Analysis
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Network Spotlight: Safetyweb Network
Provides an overview of the Safetyweb Network through an interview with network director, Mike Rust. The Safetyweb Network is a Balsam Lake, Wisconsin based network that focuses primarily on providing health benefits counseling services to residents in Polk County, Wisconsin. Interview topics include network characteristics, key learnings, accomplishments, and challenges.
Date: 09/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Resource Center
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Serving Special Populations: Rural Areas - Fast Facts for Assisters
Fact sheet providing a quick overview of best practices that enrollment assisters may use to enhance their rural education and outreach efforts. Includes rural-specific statistics, information on eligibility and enrollment barriers, and background on rural healthcare consumers.
Date: 04/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
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Health Insurance Marketplaces: Geographic Variation in Premiums, Choices, Enrollment Across the U.S., 2014-2016 and Impacts on Health System
Provides an overview of health insurance enrollment characteristics with rural and urban comparisons using data reported by federally-facilitated marketplaces and state-based marketplaces. Topics covered include the cost of premiums, rate of premium growth, enrollment data of eligible uninsured persons, and the effect of the Affordable Care Act on uninsured adults. Slides from a presentation at the Rural Hospital Interest Group Meeting in January 2016.
Author(s): Timothy D. McBride, Abigail R. Barker, Leah Kemper, Keith Mueller
Date: 01/2016
Type: Presentation Slides
Sponsoring organization: RUPRI Center for Rural Health Policy Analysis
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Fewer Than Half of WIC-Eligible Families Receive WIC Benefits
Examines the characteristics of families eligible for the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) who receive WIC benefits compared to those who do not. Includes information on rural versus urban families participating in WIC. Identifies nonparticipating WIC-eligible families that could be targeted for outreach.
Author(s): Kristin Smith
Date: 2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Carsey School of Public Policy
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