Help-Link

Help-Link

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.

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.

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 underemployed found employment after training

51%

Had higher wages after completing the program

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