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.
On the national level, Benefits Data Trust is having a significant impact connecting eligible participants to food and nutrition programs to increase their access to food."
Dr. John Lumpkin
President of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation
SNAP is associated with meaningfully lower healthcare use and cost. Given the clear connection between income and health, programs, like SNAP, that provide nutrition and income support to vulnerable individuals are a key tool for advancing health equity."
Dr. Seth Berkowitz
University of North Carolina researcher who studied BDT's data and the efficacy of benefit programs
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.
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.