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Early Lessons from the Work Support Strategies Initiative: Idaho (Research Report)
Monica Rohacek

Work Support Strategies (WSS) is a multiyear, multi-state initiative to implement reforms that help eligible low-income families get and keep a full package of work support benefits, including Medicaid, nutrition assistance (SNAP), and child care assistance. This report describes Idaho's accomplishments and lessons learned during the initiative's first year. In this planning year, Idaho implemented policy and process improvements, including improving the redetermination process by aligning redetermination dates and further implementing the universal workforce case management approach. The state also implemented child care assistance program reforms including aligning policy with other work support programs and simplifying eligibility requirements.

Posted to Web: April 03, 2013Publication Date: April 03, 2013

Early Lessons from the Work Support Strategies Initiative: Illinois (Research Report)
Heather Hahn, Olivia Golden, Jessica F. Compton

Work Support Strategies (WSS) is a multiyear, multi-state initiative to implement reforms that help eligible low-income families get and keep a full package of work support benefits, including Medicaid, nutrition assistance (SNAP), and child care assistance. This report describes Illinois' accomplishments and lessons learned during the initiative's first year. In this planning year, the state identified how and where to best align programs to simplify eligibility processes, including an assessment of child care assistance policies and development of a key performance measures report for local office managers. The state designed and piloted a new task-based model to improve benefit field office efficiency.

Posted to Web: April 03, 2013Publication Date: April 03, 2013

Early Lessons from the Work Support Strategies Initiative: North Carolina (Research Report)
Pamela J. Loprest, Lindsay Giesen

Work Support Strategies (WSS) is a multiyear, multi-state initiative to implement reforms that help eligible low-income families get and keep a full package of work support benefits, including Medicaid, nutrition assistance (SNAP), and child care assistance. This report describes North Carolina's accomplishments and lessons learned during the initiative's first year. In this planning year, North Carolina broke down state program silos and instituted a review board to assure cross-program input to policy changes. The state engaged with counties around the implementation of a new benefits eligibility system and encouraging innovation in business processes and piloted alignment of program certification dates.

Posted to Web: April 03, 2013Publication Date: April 03, 2013

Early Lessons from the Work Support Strategies Initiative: Rhode Island (Research Report)
Heather Hahn, David Kassabian

Work Support Strategies (WSS) is a multiyear, multi-state initiative to implement reforms that help eligible low-income families get and keep a full package of work support benefits, including Medicaid, nutrition assistance (SNAP), and child care assistance. This report describes Rhode Island's accomplishments and lessons learned during the initiative's first year. During this year, the state engaged frontline workers, state leaders and community stakeholders, built close connections with the state’s health reform activities around design of a new eligibility system, identified opportunities for data system improvements and to align eligibility and enrollment requirements and implemented relevant policy changes.

Posted to Web: April 03, 2013Publication Date: April 03, 2013

Early Lessons from the Work Support Strategies Initiative: South Carolina (Research Report)
Brigette Courtot

Work Support Strategies (WSS) is a multiyear, multi-state initiative to implement reforms that help eligible low-income families get and keep a full package of work support benefits, including Medicaid, nutrition assistance (SNAP), and child care assistance. This report describes South Carolina's accomplishments and lessons learned during the initiative's first year. During this year, the two primary agencies involved in delivering work support program benefits in the state began breaking down the barriers between them to create a more efficient, coordinated approach. The state undertook activities to improve the business and technological processes used within each agency while also identifying areas for cross-program alignment.

Posted to Web: April 03, 2013Publication Date: April 03, 2013

Early Lessons from the Work Support Strategies Initiative: New Mexico (Research Report)
David Kassabian, Gregory B. Mills

Work Support Strategies (WSS) is a multiyear, multi-state initiative to implement reforms that help eligible low-income families get and keep a full package of work support benefits, including Medicaid, nutrition assistance (SNAP), and child care assistance. This report describes New Mexico's accomplishments and lessons learned during the initiative's first year. During this year, the state was heavily focused on development of its new automated eligibility system. In addition, New Mexico’s redesign of its eligibility process, undertaken prior to WSS, served as an example for other WSS states.

Posted to Web: April 03, 2013Publication Date: April 03, 2013

Early Lessons from the Work Support Strategies Initiative: Kentucky (Research Report)
Monica Rohacek, Lindsay Giesen

Work Support Strategies (WSS) is a multiyear, multi-state initiative to implement reforms that help eligible low-income families get and keep a full package of work support benefits, including Medicaid, nutrition assistance (SNAP), and child care assistance. This report describes Kentucky's accomplishments and lessons learned during the initiative's first year. In this planning year, the state began building an infrastructure for data management and analysis, explored opportunities for policy alignment across key work supports, designed and tested business process changes in selected local offices, and began creating stronger relationships with external stakeholders.

Posted to Web: April 03, 2013Publication Date: April 03, 2013

Early Lessons from the Work Support Strategies Initiative: Oregon (Research Report)
Jessica F. Compton, Ian Hill, Pamela J. Loprest

Work Support Strategies (WSS) is a multiyear, multi-state initiative to implement reforms that help eligible low-income families get and keep a full package of work support benefits, including Medicaid, nutrition assistance (SNAP), and child care assistance. This report describes Oregon's accomplishments and lessons learned during the initiative's first year. During the planning year, the state continued its numerous activities to streamline benefit eligibility for health programs, align policies across health and other work support programs, and prepare for an automated integrated eligibility system. The major focus of the WSS team was on change management in local field offices.

Posted to Web: April 03, 2013Publication Date: April 03, 2013

Policy Common Ground: Improving State Programs to Foster Work, Well-Being, Self-Sufficiency, and Program Integrity (Press Release)
Urban Institute

Politically diverse state governments can find common ground in a commitment to improving access to work support programs for eligible low-income families, a new Urban Institute report demonstrates.

Posted to Web: April 03, 2013Publication Date: April 03, 2013

Providing Medicaid to Youth Formerly in Foster Care Under the Chafee Option : Informing Implemention of the Affordable Care Act (Research Report)
Mike Pergamit, Marla McDaniel, Vicki Chen, Embry M. Howell, Amelia Hawkins

This report draws lessons from 30 states' implementation of existing optional Medicaid coverage for youth who age out of foster care and applies them to decisions and plans states will consider as they implement new ACA coverage that goes into effect in 2014. Wide variations in how states have implemented the socalled Chafee Option are focused on eligibility criteria, enrollment processes, and recertification processes. States' implementation choices had implications for the frequency with which youth enroll in Medicaid coverage after foster care and in their continuity of coverage over time.

Posted to Web: April 01, 2013Publication Date: November 01, 2012

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