MassHealth Outreach and Enrollment Grants
UMass Medical School’s Center for Health Policy and Research works closely with MassHealth, the state Medicaid program, and its health care providers, to improve access to health care by supporting community and non-profit organizations that support MassHealth enrollment activities.
- Increase access for the uninsured and under-insured to the entire system of community-based health care and social support services
- Enroll eligible people into public benefits and subsidized health programs
- Create greater efficiency and effectiveness of services through the use of technology-based enrollment systems and wireless technology
Grants are awarded to assist populations that may require individualized support due to ethnicity, race, culture, immigration, or disease status, primarily in areas where there are high percentages of uninsured individuals and limited availability of health care providers.
In 2007, to support these objectives, the Center for Health Policy and Research awarded $50,000 to each of the following networks to support and expand local collaborative associations and networks:
- The Northern Tier Healthy Communities Access Project Coalition, which consists of four partners from health care and service agencies within Franklin County and the North Quabbin area. Funding supports the creation of an extended system of enrollment/eligibility assistance sites and an assessment of the impact of the new Chapter 58 Connector insurance programs on the low-income population within this rural area.
- The Community Health Connections Family Health Center in Fitchburg, in partnership with nine social service agencies located in Leominster, Fitchburg, and Gardner. Funding supports network expansion to include schools and other community youth programs, continued outreach initiatives with Heywood Hospital and Health Alliance Hospital to uninsured and underserved residents with a specific focus on the Spanish and Portuguese communities, and the production and distribution of multicultural outreach and health education materials.
- A Berkshire County consortium, led by Community Health Programs (CHP) in Great Barrington and including Berkshire Health Systems (BHS) and the Brien Center for Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (MH/SA). Funding supports an enhanced role for the Brien Center and improved access through the continued use of Mobile Outreach Treatment Teams with emphasis on chronic disease prevention and treatment, MH/SA counseling and treatment, and oral health services.