Seeking Uninsured or Recently Uninsured Adults to Inform Outreach

Are you an adult who does not have health insurance, or didn’t until recently? Or do you know adults in this situation?

We are looking for people to be interviewed or take part in a focus group in April. Everyone who takes part will get a meal and a $15 gift certificate to a local supermarket. If you know someone who might be interested, please send them the link to this post.

What does it involve?  We’ll show you cards with words and pictures that explain health insurance words and terms (like premium, subsidy, and copay). We’re not testing the people who take part — we’re testing the cards. There are no right or wrong answers. We’ll be discussing whether the cards make health insurance easier to understand.

Where?    The location will be in Greater Boston at the most convenient site we can find.

When?    A morning, afternoon or evening in mid-April. The date and time will depend on what works for people taking part. The focus group will take 90 minutes.

Will I get paid? Everyone who takes part will receive a $15 gift certicate to a local supermarket. We’ll provide pizza and beverages. We’ll pay your costs getting there and back on the bus or T. If you need childcare at the same location, we’ll provide it.

Any other benefits?    You might learn more about health insurance and how to enroll yourself and your family. We’ll refer you to people and organizations who can help you enroll, if you want that.

Will I be identified?   We’ll use first names only (real or fake).

Do I qualify to take part in the focus group? 

Yes, if you answer YES to the following questions

  • Do you currently lack health insurance, or did you lack health insurance for at least 1 year out of the last 5 years? (For at least 6 months in a row.)
  • Did your formal education end at high school or sooner?
  • Are you age 18 or over?
  • Do you have a working knowledge of English? (You don’t have to be fluent)

What is this for?   The researcher is a graduate student at Tufts University School of Medicine. She is working with Enroll America, an organization that helps people get health insurance. When the cards are finished they will be available to people and organizations who can benefit from them.

Where can I sign up or find out more? Contact Lucy, researcher, (617) 969-1533 or (617) 359-7556. You can email Lucy at:

You can ask for more info without making a commitment. You can drop out at any time.

Kate Bicego

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