LIHEAP DCL Affordable Care Act Study

Publication Date: January 21, 2016

Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program
Dear Colleague Letter

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Administration for Children and Families
Office of Community Services
Division of Energy Assistance
330 C Street, S.W., 5th Floor
Washington, D.C. 20230
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Re: Affordable Care Act (ACA) Study

Date: January 20, 2016

Dear Colleagues:

The Office of Community Services would like to announce that the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) has released an intramural research brief, “Community Action Agency Activities in Affordable Care Act Outreach and Enrollment: Insights from Case Studies.”

This research brief presents the results of an exploratory, qualitative review of six CAAs in Maryland, Kentucky, New Jersey, Wisconsin, Michigan and Maine and describes the work they do to identify and reach uninsured individuals in their communities, help them enroll in health insurance, and overcome barriers to conducting ACA-related outreach and enrollment.  The brief describes the wide variety of community approaches that CAAs use to facilitate outreach and enrollment to underserved groups and highlights the diversity and creativity of CAAs, that may be of particular interest to grantees and program officials.

This information is intended to highlight how ACA goals mesh with CAA programmatic objectives and promote how agencies with varying resources and challenges can assist uninsured Americans seeking health care to effectuate this important work.  We hope that you find this resource beneficial and informative. The brief can be found here Visit disclaimer page .

Please note people can sign up for ACA coverage through January 31 with a coverage start date effective March 1, 2016.  Consumers can apply online at HealthCare.gov Visit disclaimer page , by phone, by mail, or in person with the help of a trained assister or navigator.  Further information can be found at: HeathCare.gov Visit disclaimer page as well.

Sincerely,
/s/
Jeannie L. Chaffin
Director
Office of Community Services

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