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September/October 2011Vol. 12, No. 7HHS/ACF Interoperability Toolkit Enhances Service Integration

As States prepare for various technological changes and upgrades associated with the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) have released a toolkit titled Your Essential Interoperability Toolkit: An ACF/HHS Resource Guide.

The toolkit aims to facilitate greater communication and service integration between State agencies and their health partners. States will soon deploy new health insurance exchanges and eligibility systems that will increase coverage to more than 30 million Americans beginning in 2014. Collaboration is more important now than ever before, because many people eligible for Medicaid, the Children's Health Insurance Program, or insurance through these new insurance exchanges also may be eligible for various human services programs.

The toolkit provides up-to-date information and resources to support the efforts of workers and agencies in order to better serve clients and achieve better outcomes.

View the toolkit on the ACF website: (3.12 MB)

Read an introductory letter on the Interoperability Toolkit by Acting Assistant Secretary for Children and Families David Hansell: