Public Benefits Strengthen Health Outcomes

For the more than 1 in 10 Americans living in poverty, choosing whether to buy groceries, pay for medication, or heat their homes is a devastating reality.

Enrollment in public benefits is a proven avenue to positive, sustained health outcomes and lower care costs at a population level. Multiple studies show SNAP recipients experience fewer visits to emergency rooms and hospitalizations, resulting in lower Medicaid costs — estimated at $2,360 per person annually — than those who do not receive food assistance.

Improving Health Together

BDT works with health plans, integrated delivery networks, health systems, and other healthcare partners to help their members and patients access vital assistance programs. We use data and sophisticated people-centered outreach to proactively identify and engage eligible people and support them through the process of enrolling over the phone. By connecting people to programs that are shown to improve health and advance opportunity today, we can address social determinants of health with a broader reach.

How We Help Plan Members and Patients

Provide Application Support

We support members through every step of the benefit application process through our phone-based benefit centers, all on behalf of our partners.

Reduce Churn

We help health plan members stay insured by providing text message reminders to complete the annual Medicaid renewal process as deadlines approach.

Connect Eligible Households

We identify those who are highly eligible but not enrolled in benefits and connect them to available assistance using mail, phone, and text communications.

Healthcare Partners Include

Aetna Better Health of Pennsylvania

Benefits Data Trust and Aetna Better Health of Pennsylvania worked to help over 90,000 members stay enrolled in Medicaid and connect them to assistance programs.

UPMC Health Plan of Pennsylvania

BDT’s PA Benefit Center accepts warm referrals of UPMC For You plan members who are transferred from UPMCFY’s Member Services Center for multi-benefit application assistance.

HealthShare Exchange of Pennsylvania

BDT took part in an innovative partnership with HSX that leveraged health exchange data to ensure seniors recovering from a hospital stay were connected to the benefits for which they were eligible. This model is being expanded to reach multiple Philadelphia-based health systems.

Healthcare Innovation Highlights


With ‘Double Up Bucks’ and Similar Programs, Buy Twice the Produce at Farmers’ Markets with SNAP Dollars

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Press Release

Benefits Data Trust and the Community Outcomes Fund at Maycomb Capital Announce Social Drivers of Health Financing Facility for Medicaid Plans

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Benefits Data Trust and UPMC Health Plan Announce New Initiative to Improve Health of Pennsylvanians

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Media Coverage

Blue Cross NC Announces New and Innovative Programs to Boost Health Across North Carolina

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First-Of-Its-Kind Partnership Between Benefits Data Trust and Aetna Better Health of Pennsylvania to help over 90,000 members stay enrolled in Medicaid and meet basic needs including food and housing

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Press Release

Benefits Data Trust and the UPMC Center for High-Value Health Care to evaluate new model to improve health outcomes for older adults and adults with disabilities

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