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October 26, 2017

Maintaining Consumer Health Confidence in the Face of Changes

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It’s October, which means we once again celebrate Health Literacy Month, a time for organizations to promote the importance of clear, understandable health information. It’s also open enrollment season, with Medicare’s open enrollment running October 15 through December 7, the Federal Marketplace’s open enrollment starting up soon on November 1 and going through December 15, and many states holding their exchange open enrollment periods around the same time.

September 12, 2017

Encouraging Individual Ownership in Public Benefit Programs

State and federal governments spend millions of dollars on benefit programs each year in an attempt to provide for the health and welfare of those most in need. One of the biggest challenges is that these programs define poverty, and therefore benefit eligibility, in terms of a household income threshold. According to 2015 U.S. Census Bureau data, more than 43 million Americans live in poverty, which means their annual income is $15,060 or less (for individuals) and under $30,750 (for a family of four).

July 20, 2017

Untangling the Web of Social Programs

If we’ve learned one thing from the ongoing health care debate, it’s that we need to look at America’s social benefit programs and consider a universal reset. There certainly is no shortage of policy ideas and passionate theoretical debates. As a global administrator of government health and welfare programs, we bring practical, applied experiences from those administering these safety net programs.

Over the past 40 years, we’ve seen two general principles:

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