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 Q:   What Happens After Enrolling in Medicaid Coordinated Care? This May 2015 timeline from Health & Disability Advocates and the Make Medicare Work Coalition outlines what  enrollees should expect from their managed care plans.

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 Q:   Partnerships for Healthy Aging Healthcare and affordable housing providers learn collaboration strategies to better serve older adults in this December 2014 guide from LeadingAge.

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 Q:   Appealing a Denied Insurance Claim The Wall Street Journal explains how to file an appeal if an insurer refuses to pay for treatments or medication.

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 Q:   Presumptive Eligibility in Your Hospital The Affordable Care Act allows some hospitals to enroll uninsured patients meeting basic eligibility criteria into Medicaid. Hospitals learn the steps to implement presumptive eligibility in this 2013 tool kit from Enroll America.

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 Q:   Explaining New CHIP and Medicaid Eligibility This January 2015 primer from the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families describes the new household size and income standards for Medicaid and CHIP enrollment.

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 Q:   Health Education with Meals on Wheels The University of Georgia created the Good Questions for Good Health tool kit to increase the health literacy of older adults in Meals on Wheels. Staff and volunteers learn strategies to integrate health topics into their interactions with older adults.

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 Q:   Health Literacy Overview The Alliance for Health Reform summarizes major studies measuring health knowledge and lists websites and experts for further review in this January 2015 issue brief.

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 Q:   Discussing Insurance with Patients Medical providers learn talking points for conversations with uninsured patients about coverage options in this February 2015 fact sheet from Enroll America.

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 Q:   Linking Justice-Involved Youth with Healthcare This January 2014 resource guide from Illinois state government describes strategies for connecting young adults in the criminal justice system with health insurance coverage.

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 Q:   Explaining the Marketplace to Your Patients This 2014 continuing education webinar for providers explains the eligibility requirements and enrollment procedures for the health insurance marketplace. Providers who serve high numbers of uninsured can apply this information to conversations with their patients.

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 Q:   Hospital Enrollment Strategies This December 2014 blog post from Enroll America details one hospital system's approach to getting people covered. The hospital system was successful because it led outreach in the community and developed partnerships with brokers and healthcare advocates.

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 Q:   Measuring Health Knowledge Health literacy is an individual’s ability to access and understand medical information. Increasingly, researchers are finding connections between a person’s health literacy and health outcomes. This October 2014 journal article reviews 51 health literacy instruments in order to guide providers and researchers in their decisions around what measures to use.

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 Q:   Improve Public Speaking on Healthcare Explaining complex health topics to people without a medical background can be difficult. This March 2014 online course from the CDC aims to help health and public health providers learn communication strategies to enhance health literacy of different groups including individuals, the community, and the media.

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 Q:   Communicating Health Information to Older Adults These CDC tools and resources help health professionals improve communication with older adults by focusing on health literacy issues. The materials detail specific challenges older adults may have and include a provider self-assessment tool to gauge the current level of communication.

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 Q:   Family Engagement for Quality Improvement This set of tips helps pediatric healthcare teams improve quality improvement efforts. By including patient and family representatives in the beginning of quality improvement work, teams are able to better target efficient, meaningful and sustainable systems change. The tips were published in 2013 by the National Institute of Children’s Health Quality.

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