According to Mel Gosselin, this contribution will enable the Food Bank to provide 40,000 meals and reach families in need throughout New Hampshire: “We’re really struggling this year to meet the demand; in my ten years at the Food Bank, this is the biggest shortage we’ve experienced, made worse by reductions in the SNAP (federal food stamps) program and the closings of several supermarkets that had provided so much inventory, especially protein-rich food. Childhood hunger in NH grew 30% in 2011-2012, the highest increase in any state.”
HNH Foundation Board Member Elaine Van Dyke stated that the contribution represents “a perfect moment when our mission to help vulnerable children aligned with a community need. We all seized the opportunity to really make a difference.” Board Treasurer Keith Ballingall agreed: “This money goes directly to feed children. I’ve never felt so good about a Board decision.”
The HNH Foundation contracted with the Community Health Institute of Bow NH to develop a plan for outreach and enrollment for the NH Health Insurance Marketplace. Working closely with NH Health Plan, the Institute analyzed where the underinsured and uninsured reside across the state, mapped where marketplace assistors will be located and identified the areas of the state in need of more assistance with outreach and enrollment. With these data, more consumer assistance and enrollment resources can be targeted where they are needed most.
The research team also studied what other states have done to reach out to the uninsured, developing an action plan that “can jumpstart enrollment activities with a coordinated, New Hampshire-specific model to let our residents know about opportunities to gain coverage through the NH Health Insurance Marketplace, and provide one-on-one assistance, “ according to Sandi Van Scoyoc, HNH Foundation President.
Research team leader Suz Friedrich spoke about the practical, immediate impact of the plan: “This research has been instantly applied to reach 150,000 people across the state who may need help. We can give our partners, such as Bi-State Primary Care Association and Planned Parenthood of Northern New England, information about who the uninsured are at the local level and how best to reach them with direct assistance.”
Gaps include "young invincibles" and areas of Strafford, Cheshire & Hillsborough Counties
At a meeting hosted by the HNH Foundation and the NH Health Plan on October 16, the CHI research team presented an overview of the Landscape and Data Analysis. The NH Health Plan presented an overview of their rollout plan for the Marketplace Assisters Program. Click here to read the data and plans presented at that meeting.
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