Americorps VISTA Service Opportunity

LAF has an exciting opportunity for an AmeriCorps VISTA to fill the position of Health Care Access Outreach Coordinator. In this position the VISTA will work with the Director of the Public Benefits Practice Group to increase the number of low-income people meaningfully accessing healthcare through the ACA and Medicaid by increasing health insurance literacy in Cook County and helping identify and strategizing to address specific obstacles to literacy/access identified in our region. In addition, the VISTA will aid in protecting health insurance coverage for Medicaid recipients by increasing awareness of Medicaid redetermination, utilization control, and other initiatives and educating the community and social service providers about legal rights to continued access to health care.

Job description: LAF’s Health Care Access Outreach Coordinator VISTA will conduct outreach and community education on health care insurance availability, eligibility, use of benefits and maintaining benefits; educate low-income communities and those who serve them about the eligibility, enrollment, redetermination, and managed care to improve health insurance literacy and appropriate health insurance use, informing them of their legal rights in order to improve their continued access to health care; and improve health care insurance enrollment processes, eligibility redetermination processes and managed care delivery processes by identifying problems and assisting in formulation of recommendations to address them.

Qualifications: 

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Good writing skills
  • Comfortable with community outreach and public speaking
  • Background with public benefits and Medicaid preferred
  • Excellent organizational skills

Other Considerations:  AmeriCorps VISTA members earn a living stipend at the local poverty level. This is a 365-day position, with the possibility of extension or renewal of up to one year. Individuals are not able to hold another paying position while serving as an AmeriCorps VISTA, but are able to pursue education as long as it does not interfere with service responsibilities and is approved by a supervisor.

Program Benefits: A living allowance ($1,026/month), choice of Education Award ($5,730) or End of Service Stipend ($1,500) upon successful completion of service, childcare assistance if eligible, health coverage, life insurance, relocation allowance, and professional development opportunities. In addition, LAF provides a monthly transit pass and a $200/month rental supplement.

Term of service: July 20, 2015 to July 19, 2016. The exact start date will be determined by the AmeriCorps VISTA program.

To Apply: Submit a VISTA application through the MyAmeriCorps website by Tuesday, May 12th. If technical troubles with the website arise, please email dkresse@lafchicago.org.  This position will be filled by an AmeriCorps VISTA member. To qualify for AmeriCorps VISTA, you must be a U.S. citizen, U.S. national, or lawful permanent resident.

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