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March 6, 2020 Outreach and Enrollment News

Author: Amanda Tekely/Monday, March 09, 2020/Categories: Outreach News

Just in Case You Missed It

The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities presented a webinar on Health Insurance Marketplace Appeals on Feb. 5.  The webinar provided information on appeals, detailing what decisions can be appealed, how to file an appeal and ways to expedite the appeal process.  Slides and a recording of the session are available on the Health Reform Beyond the Basics website.


Additional Health Center Service Opportunity

The Pennsylvania Department of Aging is seeking additional FQHC/LA sites (a mix of both rural and urban health centers) for a statewide pilot with PACHC focused on enrolling older adults in available benefits using a mobile device call "PRISM."  PRISM is not software, but is a mobile computer-like device to identify individuals eligible for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Low Income Subsidy (LIS)/Medicare Savings Programs (MSPs), Pennsylvania's Pharmaceutical Assistance Contract for the Elderly (PACE), property tax and rent rebate, Medicare D and the state's Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) and support applications to the programs and address social determinants of health (SDOH).  PRISM is currently used through the "BenePhilly" initiative in Philadelphia, including at three Community Health Centers  to identify eligible individuals.  If you are interested in learning more, please send an email to Tia Whitaker, PACHC's Statewide Director for Outreach & Enrollment.


Community Health Workers and Enabling Services

Community Health Workers (CHWs) are the frontline, working closely with medical providers to "touch" patients and consumers where they are and provide important information and screenings for social determinants of health (SDOH) at our nation's community health centers and other mission-like organizations.  As an integral part of the health care team, CHWs not only connect patients to needed care but valuable resources as well.  Many health centers utilize the CHW model to encompass all the HRSA defined enabling services: case management; eligibility assistance; health education; outreach and enrollment and transportation.  Reaching outside of the four walls improves health outcomes in rural and urban communities and allows patients to stay healthier longer. The Pennsylvania Area Health Education Center (AHEC) offers a 100-hour CHW training program designed to provide core competencies needed for CHW work.  Click here for more information.


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