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November 2008

New Issue Brief Showcases States Using Information Technology to Assist Public Program Enrollment

A new publication authored by Stan Dorn, senior associate at the Urban Institute, provides state and local case studies for using 21st-century information technology to help eligible people receive health coverage. Building on a report published last year, as well as additional group and individual technical assistance meetings with states, Mr. Dorn shows how state and local officials who are responsible for administering public health programs are developing strategies to use personal data about income and other information to identify potential beneficiaries and help them qualify for benefits. As noted by Mr. Dorn, “these are promising strategies to help coverage expansions reach their most fundamental goal of providing the uninsured with health coverage.”