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, providing enrollment assistance with health, dental insurance during the Open Enrollment period and, to eligible individuals, throughout the year. Our team of certified Navigators has the expertise to guide you as you look at plan options, including determining eligibility for tax credits to reduce monthly costs.
Our program has served the Upper Eastern Shore since 2013 and the Southern Region since 2017. Each of the ten counties has a Navigator working in the community. We are hosting numerous Open Enrollment events in November and early December, and encourage you to make an appointment or join us at an event. Call our hotlines to connect with a Navigator in your community and to get answers to general questions.
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.