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Rural Health
Resources by Topic: Benefit enrollment and application

Improving Native American Elder Access to and Use of Health Care Through Effective Health System Navigation
Examines the help-seeking behavior and healthcare experiences of American Indian elders (AIEs) in New Mexico for the purpose of developing and evaluating an intervention designed to improve the knowledge of, access to, and use of insurance, and other available health services by AIEs to reduce healthcare disparities.
Author(s): Cathleen E. Willging, David H. Sommerfeld, Elise Trott Jaramillo, Erik Lujan, Roxane Spruce Bly, et al.
Citation: BMC Health Services Research, 18(464)
Date: 2018
Type: Document
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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 including rural population, 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. Describes the Safetyweb Network, in Balsam Lake, Wisconsin, focused primarily on providing health benefits counseling services to residents in Polk County, Wisconsin. Interview topics include network characteristics, lessons learned, 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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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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Qualified Health Plans & Health Centers: A Primer
Provides an overview of how Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) can act as the contracted essential community provider (ECP) for health plans sold through the Health Insurance Marketplace, thus providing low-income and medically underserved patients with consistent healthcare during times when their incomes and personal circumstances change.
Date: 07/2015
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Association of Community Health Centers
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