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CAAs and Affordable Care Act Outreach and Enrollment

ASPE Research Brief


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Community Action Agency Activities
in Affordable Care Act Outreach and Enrollment:
Insights from Case Studies

Even small CAAs with limited or no federal funding can find creative and effective ways
to share health insurance information with the population they serve. Research Brief, p. 7

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ASPE Research Brief

This research brief presents qualitative information on selected community action agencies’ Affordable Care Act outreach and enrollment activities and identifies themes that emerged across the sites.  The goals of the brief are to:

  1. Provide examples of a range of activity levels and promising practices that can serve as examples to other CAAs interested in doing more to help their communities increase rates of health insurance, and
  2. Provide information to federal program officials who may be interested in encouraging CAAs’ ACA-related work and addressing the barriers that may be limiting such efforts.

The brief includes:

  • Key findings for CAAs and for Federal Program Officials
  • Introduction
  • The Affordable Care Act is Reducing the Number of Uninsured Americans
  • The Federal Government Provides a Variety of Resources for ACA Outreach and Enrollment Activities
  • Community Action Agencies Play a Key Role in Service Delivery to Low-income Americans [emphasis added]
  • A Variety of CAAs Are Featured in This Study
    • Blue Grass Community Action Partnership, Frankfort, KY
    • Garrett County Community Action Commission, Oakland, MD
    • HOPES Community Action Partnership, Hoboken, NJ
    • Indianhead Community Action Agency, Ladysmith, WI
    • Oakland Livingston Human Service Agency, Pontiac, MI
    • Western Maine Community Action, East Wilton, ME

CSBG Dear Colleague Letter

A CSBG Dear Colleague Letter: Affordable Care Act Update was issued on December 31st featuring these Key Messages for ACA Enrollment:

  • Consumers can apply online at HealthCare.gov, by phone, by mail, or in-person with the help of a trained assister or navigator.  We have attached a small flyer to this letter that provides basic contact information for your immediate use.
  • Financial help is available.  About 8 out of 10 people who enroll in health coverage through HealthCare.gov qualify for financial help to make their monthly premiums more affordable.  Most people can find plans with premiums for less than $75 a month after tax credits.
  • It pays to shop.  More than 8 in 10 returning Marketplace consumers could save an average of about $50 per month and $610 annually in premiums before tax credits for the same level of coverage by returning to shop.
  • The deadline to enroll for 2016 is January 31, 2016.  People can sign up for coverage through January 31 with a coverage start date effective March 1, 2016.

Information is also highlighted on the ASPE research brief, which demonstrates how ACA goals mesh with CAA programmatic objectives to  help uninsured Americans seeking health care.

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