Local Governments In Texas Pursue Marketplace Signups

The Texas Tribune's Becca Aaronson, working in partnership with Kaiser Health News, reports: "To coordinate education and outreach efforts associated with the Affordable Care Act, the Houston Department of Health and Human Services is taking an approach that mirrors how the Federal Emergency Management Agency might react to a catastrophe. The Enroll Gulf Coast initiative has set up an 'incident command structure' to synchronize the activities of 13 organizations in Harris and 12 nearby counties. An 'intelligence committee' created heat maps showing the ZIP codes with the region’s highest number of uninsured residents and 'access' points, like community centers and libraries, to connect with people in those neighborhoods. Meanwhile, an 'operations committee' uses that information to host canvassing and health insurance enrollment events in targeted neighborhoods. The groups also share an online dashboard to input data and track their coordinated enrollment efforts in real time" (Aaronson, 1/ 27). Read the story.  

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