Studying for Better Health: Insurer Helps Members Earn GEDs

As health insurers try to improve members’ health — and lower their costs — by tackling the social determinants of health, it has become commonplace to see efforts that connect members to stable housing, healthy food and reliable transportation to medical appointments. But some insurers that serve vulnerable populations are branching out even further, addressing social factors that may be less typically linked to health status but can nonetheless make a big difference in members’ lives.

One such effort comes from Minnesota-based UCare, which rolled out a program in mid-2019 that pays for its Medicaid enrollees to obtain their General Educational Development (GED) credential. UCare partnered with an organization called GEDWorks to provide members with the resources they need to prepare for and earn a GED, including personal coaching, bilingual study resources, and no-cost practice and official tests.

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Leslie Small

Leslie Small

Leslie has been working in journalism since 2009 and reporting on the health care industry since 2014. She has covered the many ups and downs of the Affordable Care Act exchanges, the failed health insurer mega-mergers, and hundreds of other storylines spanning subjects such as Medicaid managed care, Medicare Advantage, employer-sponsored insurance, and prescription drug coverage. As the managing editor of Health Plan Weekly and Radar on Drug Benefits, she writes and edits for both publications while overseeing a small team of reporters who also focus on the managed care sector. Before joining AIS Health, she was a senior editor for the e-newsletter Fierce Health Payer, and she started her career as a copy editor at multiple local newspapers. She graduated with a dual degree in journalism and political science from Penn State University.

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