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Resources by Topic: Benefit enrollment and application

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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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: 01/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: RUPRI Center for Rural Health Policy Analysis
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Medicaid and CHIP Eligibility, Enrollment, Renewal, and Cost-Sharing Policies as of January 2017: 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, which have undergone significant changes as a result of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). May serve as a baseline against which future policy changes could be measured.
Author(s): Tricia Brooks, Karina Wagnerman, Samantha Artiga, Elizabeth Cornachione, Petry Ubri
Date: 01/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Kaiser Family Foundation
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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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Grantee Directory: Rural Outreach Benefits Counseling Grant Program, 2015-2018
Provides contact information and brief overviews of the ten initiatives funded under the Rural Outreach Benefits Counseling grant program in the 2015-2018 funding cycle. The program purpose is to expand outreach, education and enrollment efforts to eligible uninsured individuals and families and the newly insured in rural communities.
Date: 2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Federal Office of Rural Health Policy
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HRSA: Looking at 2016 Open Enrollment: Learning from Rural Outreach and Enrollment Efforts 2013-2015
Slides from a presentation outlining what was learned through outreach efforts during the 2013-2015 Affordable Care Act (ACA) open enrollment periods, and which outreach tactics should be continued during the 2016 open enrollment period.
Date: 09/2015
Type: Presentation Slides
Sponsoring organization: Health Resources and Services Administration
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