Overlapping Eligibility and Enrollment: Human Services and Health Programs Under the Affordable Care Act

Overlapping Eligibility and Enrollment: Human Services and Health Programs Under the Affordable Care Act

Abstract

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has created new opportunities for health and human services programs to integrate eligibility determination, enrollment, and retention. Using two large microsimulation modelsthe Transfer Income Model, Version 3, and the Health Insurance Policy Simulation Modelwe find considerable overlaps between expanded eligibility for health coverage and current receipt of human services benefits, particularly with Earned Income Tax Credits, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, and the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program. In an appendix, we identify specific data sharing strategies that seek to increase participation, lower administrative costs, and prevent errors.

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