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Matthew W. Kreuter
Timothy D. McBride
Charlene A. Caburnay
Vetta L. Sanders Thompson
Kassandra I . Alcaraz
Katherine S. Eddens
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Context: Implementing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in 2014 will require effective enrollment and outreach efforts to previously uninsured individuals now eligible for coverage.
Methods: From 1996 to 2013, the Health Communication Research Laboratory conducted more than 40 original studies with more than 30,000 participants to learn how to improve the reach to and effectiveness of health information for low-income and racial/ethnic minority populations. We synthesized the findings from this body of research and used them to inform current challenges in implementing the ACA.
Findings: We found empirical support for 5 recommendations regarding partnerships, outreach, messages and messengers, life priorities of low-income individuals and families, and the information environment. We translated these into 12 action steps.
Conclusions: Health communication science can inform the development and execution of strategies to increase the public’s understanding of the ACA and to support the enrollment of eligible individuals into Medicaid or the Health Insurance Marketplace.
Author(s): Matthew W. Kreuter, Timothy D. McBride, Charlene A. Caburnay, Timothy Poor, Vetta L. Sanders Thompson, Kassandra I . Alcaraz, Katherine S. Eddens, Suchitra Rath, Hannah Perkins, Christopher Casey
Keywords: Affordable Care Act, health communication, low-income, minority health
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Volume 92, Issue 1 (pages 40–62) DOI: 10.1111/1468-0009.12040 Published in 2014
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