In the United States there are approximately 10.5 million families living in poverty with over $80 Billion in benefits that are left on the table. Under 501R regulations healthcare systems are reaching out to patients in an effort to assist them in obtaining funding for healthcare benefits. IHMS goes one step further in helping patients and their families by determining all benefits available to them, not just healthcare coverage. Through a complex proprietary software based screening system, IHMS is able to determine as many as 18 potential benefits the patient and/or their family may be entitled based on their household size, composition and monthly income.
Top Benefits available to Patients and their Families
- Medicaid / Medi-Cal / AHCCS – This includes TANF (Temporary Assistance to Needy Families). This benefit provides medical coverage including hospitalization, outpatient services and ancillary care.
- CHIP (Children’s Health Insurance Program) – Provides health coverage to eligible children, through both Medicaid and separate CHIP programs. CHIP is administered by states, according to federal requirements.
- Food Stamps (SNAP – Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) – SNAP offers nutrition assistance to millions of eligible, low-income individuals and families and provides economic benefits to communities. SNAP is the largest program in the domestic hunger safety net.
- WIC – The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) provides Federal grants to States for supplemental foods, health care referrals, and nutrition education for low-income pregnant, breastfeeding, and non-breastfeeding postpartum women, and to infants and children up to age five who are found to be at nutritional risk.
- LIHEAP – The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) helps keep families safe and healthy through initiatives that assist families with energy costs.
- County Medical Services (CMS, CMSP, MIA) – In states without expanded Medicaid Coverage or with restrictive coverage under Medicaid, County Medical Services programs are often available to help the childless adult with medical assistance.
- Lifeline / Internet Access – Lifeline is the FCC’s program to help make communications services more affordable for low-income consumers. Lifeline provides subscribers a discount on monthly telephone service purchased from participating providers in the marketplace. Subscribers can also purchase discounted broadband from participating providers. The discounts, which can be applied to stand-alone broadband, bundled voice-broadband packages – either fixed or mobile – and stand-alone voice service – will help ensure that low-income consumers can afford 21st-century broadband and the access it provides to jobs, education and opportunities.
- Head Start – Head Start is a Federal program that promotes the school readiness of children from birth to age five from low-income families by enhancing their cognitive, social, and emotional development. Head Start programs provide a learning environment that supports children’s growth in many areas such as language, literacy, and social and emotional development. Head Start emphasizes the role of parents as their child’s first and most important teacher. These programs help build relationships with families that support family well-being and many other important areas.
- TAX Credits (EITC, CTC, ACTC) – Includes screening for Earned Income Tax Credits (EITC), Child Tax Credit (CTC) and Additional Child Tax Credit (ACTC).