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Rural Health
Resources by Topic: Benefit enrollment and application

Medicaid and CHIP Eligibility and Enrollment Policies as of January 2021: Findings from a 50-State Survey
Provides a detailed overview of state policies related to Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP). Covers policies related to eligibility, enrollment, and renewal. Includes information on state enrollment and renewal procedures during the COVID-19 public health emergency. Identifies state and federal policy considerations as states prepare to return to normal operations at the end of the public health emergency. Includes data tables on state Medicaid and CHIP policies.
Date: 03/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Georgetown University Center for Children and Families, Kaiser Family Foundation
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Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Program Eligibility and Participation
Presents an interactive map to explore Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Program eligibility and participation at the state and county levels in Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, and Pennsylvania. Provides statistics on age, race/ethnicity, educational attainment, employment status, health insurance status, and more.
Date: 05/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: U.S. Census Bureau
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Rural Libraries Help Communities Access Health Information
Features rural libraries in South Carolina, Vermont, and Washington that support population health in their communities by providing monthly programs and teaching patrons and staff how to access reliable health information online.
Author(s): Allee Mead
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 03/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Marketplace Pulse: A Long Look at the Individual Market
Interactive map shows insurer participation in the Affordable Care Act marketplace. Highlights data by carriers, year, and exchange status, as well as detailing data by state and county.
Date: 09/2019
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
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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 2017 data.
Date: 07/2019
Type: Presentation Slides
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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Outcomes and Lessons Learned from the Tribal Veterans Representative Program: A Model for System Engagement
Presents a study on the use of Tribal Veterans Representatives (TVRs) to increase access to care for rural American Indian and Alaska Native veterans. Details the TVR model and discusses its potential to increase healthcare access for other rural populations as well.
Author(s): Cynthia W. Goss, W. J. Richardson Jr., Jay H. Shore
Citation: Journal of Community Health, 44, 1076–1085
Date: 06/2019
Type: Document
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A Closer Look: Perspectives on the 2019 Marketplace Open Enrollment Period
Examines outreach and enrollment strategies and their effectiveness for the 2019 open enrollment period for Affordable Care Act (ACA) related health insurance coverage. Addresses enrollment numbers, navigator funding, advertisement spending, the individual mandate repeal, and the impact of short-term plans. Identifies strategies used by navigators in rural areas.
Date: 05/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Mathematica
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5 Ways to Conduct Outreach in Rural Communities
Highlights five strategies to assist rural communities with outreach and enrollment of eligible children in Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP).
Date: 07/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: InsureKidsNow.gov, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
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Experiences of Parents and Children Living in Poverty: A Review of the Qualitative Literature
Details a review of studies focusing on the experiences of poverty from the perspective of parents and their children. Discusses variations in perceptions of poverty and government assistance in rural areas.
Author(s): Janet Quint, Katherine M. Griffin, Jennie Kaufman, Patrick Landers, Annie Utterback
Date: 07/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Administration for Children and Families
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Health Insurance Exchanges: HHS Should Enhance Its Management of Open Enrollment Performance
Reports on outreach and enrollment for the health insurance exchanges using Healthcare.gov. Examines 2018 open enrollment outcomes and related factors, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) outreach efforts for 2018, and HHS's 2018 enrollment goals. Includes discussion of how changes in funding impacted outreach in rural areas. Provides data on Healthcare.gov enrollees in rural and urban areas.
Additional links: Full Report
Date: 07/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Government Accountability Office
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