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Resources by Topic: Benefit enrollment and application

MACPAC Response to CMS Request for Information on Access and Coverage in Medicaid and CHIP
Letter to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) responding to a request for information on access to coverage and care in Medicaid and the State Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP). Discusses strategies related to enrolling in and maintaining coverage, accessing services, and ensuring adequate payment rates. Includes information on physical and behavioral health integration, substance use disorder treatment for pregnant and postpartum women, telehealth, and more.
Date: 04/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission
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Health Panel Comment Letter – Access to Coverage and Care in Medicaid & CHIP
Offers comments in response to the Access to Coverage and Care in Medicaid and CHIP Request for Information. Discusses ways the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) can support states in addressing barriers to enrollment and retention, minimum access standards, and monitoring care availability and access to care.
Date: 04/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Policy Research Institute Rural Health Panel
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Medicaid and CHIP Eligibility and Enrollment Policies as of January 2022: 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 and plans for the end of the 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: 03/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Kaiser Family Foundation
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Beneficiary Experiences with the Medicaid Enrollment and Renewal Processes
Presents findings from focus groups with Medicaid beneficiaries and their representatives about their preferences communicating with state Medicaid agencies during the enrollment and renewal processes. Discusses participants' access to technology and technology as a potential barrier, as well as their experiences during the application and renewal processes.
Date: 01/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission, PerryUndem
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Beneficiary Preferences for Communications Regarding Eligibility, Enrollment, and Renewal
Discusses federal requirements for states to provide multiple modes of communication for Medicaid eligibility and enrollment, as well as current state practices to facilitate this communication. Summarizes results of focus groups on Medicaid beneficiaries' preferences and experiences communicating with state Medicaid agencies and use of technology.
Date: 01/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission
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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 8 states: Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Montana, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. Provides statistics on age, race/ethnicity, educational attainment, employment status, health insurance status, and more.
Date: 08/2021
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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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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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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Outreach and Enrollment Strategies to Reach Rural Communities
Webinar recording highlighting strategies that rural communities can use to help eligible populations enroll in Medicaid and CHIP programs. Discusses barriers to enrollment, such as language disparities, low literacy rates, and lack of access to enrollment assistance. Also includes information on health disparities in rural areas.
Additional links: Presentation Slides, Transcript
Date: 07/2018
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: InsureKidsNow.gov
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