Benefits and Health Insurance Enrollment
Enhancing access to benefits and health insurance is critical to Seedco’s strategy of helping individuals and families move towards self-sufficiency. Our approach tackles multiple issues:
Seedco is an official partner of Maryland Health Connection and provides free and confidential in-person assistance to enroll in qualified health plans, dental plans, Medicaid, or the Maryland Children’s Health Insurance Program (MCHP). Our staff of certified Navigators has the expertise to guide consumers through the marketplace, determine eligibility for financial help and cost savings on health plans, and enroll them in coverage.
Our program has served the Upper Eastern Shore since 2013 and the Southern Region since 2017. Seedco also serves as a regional hub on behalf of Maryland Health Benefit Exchange, providing technical assistance and supporting community partners. Our services are integrated with our partners at local health and social services departments and other community organizations. Seedco also provides wide outreach and information sharing to eliminate barriers to healthcare among the uninsured.
Starting in 2019, Seedco’s Connecting Maryland Kids to Coverage provides outreach, education, and enrollment activities to connect families in need to Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). The program targets thirteen counties on the Eastern Shore and in Southern Maryland, predominately rural areas. Seedco is partnering with Eastern Shore Area Health Education Center and Chesapeake Multicultural Center to educate the public, reach eligible families, and assist them with applying and renewing. This program is generously funded by the Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
Starting in 2019, Seedco’s Connecting West Tennessee Kids to Coverage provides outreach, education, and enrollment activities to connect families in need to Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). The program targets Shelby and Tipton Counties. Seedco is working with local health departments, social service providers, community centers, schools, and health providers to inform families about the availability of free or low-cost health coverage, identifying eligible children, and assisting families with applying and renewing. This program is generously funded by the Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
Many working families, unemployed, seniors, and others struggle to put food on the table. Since 2011, Seedco has helped thousands of low-income families across the country access vital food benefits. Seedco’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Outreach is focused on Baltimore residents, prevents hunger, helps seniors and families make healthier food choices, and counters misinformation and stigma associated with receiving SNAP benefits, formerly known as food stamps. The barriers are numerous: knowledge, language, and education limitations; pervasive myths; and difficulty accessing in-person assistance. We overcome these barriers by working at community-based sites, providing culturally competent services, and conducting wide outreach and information sharing. In addition, Seedco uses its EarnBenefitsOnline tool to screen individuals for a range of other benefits for which they may qualify.
In collaboration with CASH Campaign of Maryland, Bon Secours Community Works, and Centro de Ayuda, Seedco disseminates information, provides SNAP eligibility screenings, and directly assists people with completing the SNAP application. This program is supported by the State of Maryland Department of Human Resources.
This program is designed to address social determinants of health for the most vulnerable and disenfranchised opioid dependent population in the Bronx through outreach, engagement, enrollment in public benefits and linkages to care. Seedco’s focus will be increasing enrollments in public benefits using our EarnBenefits Online technology. BABC builds on Acacia and Seedco’s Bronx Health and Benefits Initiative, funded through the Bronx Partners for Healthy Communities Innovation Fund, to integrate EarnBenefits Online into Acacia’s federally qualified health centers (FQHCs). This initiative is led by Acacia Network, with three core partners: Seedco, St. Ann’s Corner of Harm Reduction (SACHR) and MDRC, which serves as the evaluation partner.
The program is funded by the OneCity Health Innovation Fund.