The purpose of this research is to measure the effectiveness of an in-person assistance intervention on successful insurance enrollment, types of insurance coverage, rates of linkage to and retention in HIV-related health care, referrals to other HIV-associated health services, and health outcomes. The study population is Black and Hispanic men who have sex with men (MSM) and transgender persons who are at higher risk for HIV. The study team will be testing the hypotheses that in-person health insurance enrollment assistance results in positive outcomes with regard to linkage to and retention in HIV-related health care. Analyses will be used to assess the efficacy of the intervention as an emerging practice.



Eligible Ages
Over 18 Years
Eligible Genders
Accepts Healthy Volunteers

Inclusion Criteria

  • Black or Hispanic men who have sex with men (MSM) or transgender persons
  • 18 or older

Exclusion Criteria

  • Cisgender women
  • Cisgender men who have not had anal or oral sex with a man in last 2 years

Study Design

Study Type
Intervention Model
Parallel Assignment
Primary Purpose
Health Services Research
None (Open Label)

Arm Groups

ArmDescriptionAssigned Intervention
NICE Intervention
The proposed intervention will engage clients in the health care enrollment and navigation process in-person, at the time of the HIV testing event. Subjects will be asked to share thoughts on the satisfaction survey.
  • Behavioral: NICE Intervention
    Subjects enrolled in the intervention arm will be offered assistance in enrolling in healthcare coverage and provided assistance on where they can go for care immediately. Subjects will be followed for 1 year and information including lab tests and insurance coverage status will be collected. This information will be collected from medical record review.
No Intervention
Control Intervention
Subjects will be offered a handout on how to enroll in healthcare coverage This group will be provided with the site's standard healthcare enrollment and linkage to care, which is specific to the health care clinic they are visiting. Subjects will be asked to share thoughts on the satisfaction survey.

Recruiting Locations

Howard Brown Health
Chicago, Illinois 60613
Eriika Etshokin

More Details

University of Chicago

Study Contact

Dana Franklin, MPH

Detailed Description

The overall goal of this study is to test whether providing in-person assistance in enrolling in private health insurance or Medicaid for the first time, changing to a different insurance plan, or understanding how to use current insurance policies following HIV testing will (1) increase the proportion of participants who obtain health insurance; (2) result in better health outcomes among participants; (3) improve the linkage and retention rates of participants, especially those diagnosed with HIV; and (4) increase linkage and retention rates sufficiently to justify the cost of implementing the intervention (cost-benefit analysis).


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