HELP-Link is a free workforce program that connects Medicaid enrollees with high quality workforce training, employment services, and job openings in local communities. HELP-Link is a voluntary workforce program specifically designed to assist individuals participating in the Montana HELP Plan (also known as Medicaid Expansion) in order to improve their employment and wage outcomes.

91%
HELP-Link participants
employed after completing training
78%
HELP-Link participants who
were found employment after training
51%
Had higher wages
after completing the program

Are you enrolled in HELP Plan Medicaid?

If so, you are eligible to enroll in HELP-Link, which is a workforce program designed to connect you to your dream job.

“Making workforce training and employment services available to more Montanans puts our state on the path of continued economic growth. As our economy continues to grow, the Montana HELP-Link plan provides employment opportunities for more hard working Montanans and creates a larger workforce for expanding businesses in Montana.” - Governor Steve Bullock

What does Help-Link do for Montanans?

HELP-Link is a free workforce program for Montanans covered by Medicaid under the Montana HELP Plan. Created by the HELP Act, HELP-Link connects Medicaid enrollees with high quality workforce training, employment services and job openings in local communities.

Employment services offered through HELP-Link and Montana’s Job Services include:

  • Assistance with resumé and cover letters, job applications and interview skills
  • Resource center for job seekers including the Montana Career Information System (MCIS)
  • Labor market information and skills testing
  • Assistance for veterans of the military and eligible spouses

Employment Outcomes

HELP-Link is putting Montanans to work with higher wages for participants:

  • 91% of HELP-Link participants who completed their training are employed;
  • 78% of HELP-Link participants who were unemployed during 2016 found employment after completing the program.
  • Roughly 39% of HELP-Link participants who completed the program in 2016 experienced wage growth. The average wage increase was $4,980 from 2015 to 2016.
  • 51% of HELP-Link participants had higher wages after completing the program. The average wage increase was $1,470 over-the-year in 2016
  • During 2016, 72% of employed participants who did not need extensive services had higher wages after completing their HELP-Link program, by an average increase of $1,680.

Training Outcomes

HELP-Link continues to expand Montana’s labor force with trained workers:

  • The most common occupations pursued by HELP-Link participants are:
    • Registered Nurses
    • Nursing Assistants
    • Heavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck Drivers
    • Medical Record and Health Information Technicians
  • Registered nurses earn a median wage of roughly $60,000 in Montana, which would likely be enough to lift a family of five out of poverty and above the Medicaid expansion eligibility threshold.
  • The remaining occupations listed have median wages between $25,000 per year and $43,000 per year, which likely would be enough to lift individuals and small families of two people above the Medicaid expansion eligibility threshold.

Participant counts reported as of 3/02/18. Employment and training outcomes reported as of 7/07/17. This memo does not include data for Montana HELP plan participants who have been trained through DPHHS programs.

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