How Human Services Programs and Their Clients Can Benefit from National Health Reform Legislation

By The Urban Institute

October 2, 2011


The rollout of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will extend health coverage to millions of uninsured low-income individuals.This report explores the ways in which implementation of the ACA enables other agencies serving low-income households to streamline and modernize their own systems to ensure that families are accessing all the services for which they are eligible while potentially reducing errors and administrative costs.

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Streamlining the process of applying for assistance will benefit low-income children and families

The data-driven eligibility process at the heart of ACA provides other human service agencies an opportunity to more easily determine their clients’ eligibility for other services, increasing the chances that children and families will receive all the benefits for which they qualify. Working together, state and federal agencies have a chance to reduce administrative costs and errors while increasing the number of households who access these important supports to improve quality of life for themselves and their children.

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