BDT Broadcast: Making Government More Efficient And Equitable
As we head into the spring, BDT is at an exciting moment in our nearly 20 years of focusing on modernizing benefits access to improve lives. We’ve recently been recognized by philanthropist MacKenzie Scott, and are honored by her generous $20 million gift to help accelerate and expand our work to help people today while building better systems for tomorrow. Nobody should have to choose between putting food on the table, heating their homes, or taking medicine — this gift will help us more rapidly scale our efforts and innovations to ensure that families don’t have to make that choice. In the coming months, we will develop strategies to best leverage her gift so we can work with government and other sectors to put an end to the challenges of benefits access in the next decade.
BDT also welcomed our first chief digital officer — who will lead us closer to the cutting edge of tech-driven systems change — and we hit extraordinary milestones as an organization. Since our founding in 2005, we have secured more than $9 billion in food, healthcare, and other assistance for families and individuals nationwide.
Through the support of our partners, the tireless work of our staff, and our everyday efforts, we remain committed to ensuring the benefits system is more equitable, dignified, and streamlined for all.
Preparing for the End of the Public Health Emergency
The end of the COVID-19 public health emergency declaration may be imminent, and with its conclusion will come changes to many assistance programs. These changes could result in lower benefit amounts and a reduction in benefits access for people nationwide — millions of families could face new or deeper struggles to pay for food, healthcare, and other critical resources.
BDT stands ready to assist states as they prepare for the end of the public health emergency declaration. As federal officials consider an end date, BDT's latest blog advises how states can not only prepare for a smooth transition, but also forge more modernized, equitable pathways forward.
Connecting Families in Need to WIC
In recent years,more than 40 percent of eligible individuals have missed out on the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), leaving the program’s well-documented dietary, health, and developmental benefits untapped. Many of those missing out on WIC are enrolled in Medicaid or the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) which makes them automatically income-eligible for WIC.
BDT’s latest toolkit — created in partnership with the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities — aims to help close that gap. The “Increasing WIC Coverage Through Cross-Program Data Matching and Targeted Outreach” toolkit helps state and local WIC agencies leverage data from Medicaid and SNAP to measure enrollment gaps and increase enrollment by harnessing the power of data matching and targeted outreach to eligible families who are not receiving WIC benefits. Additionally, BDT recently released one-page summaries of our three reports on the subject.
Read the summaries
In Case You Missed It
- Generocity: Connecting Americans to Benefits with $20M MacKenzie Scott Gift (LinkedIn Live)
- Future of XYZ: Trooper Sanders Discusses "Future of Public Benefits" on Episode 65 with Host Lisa Gralnek
- Politico Pro: White House Begins Planning a Conference on Food, Nutrition, and Hunger
- The Washington Post: Millions of Vulnerable Americans Likely to Fall Off Medicaid Once the Federal PHE Ends
- Beeck Center: Benefit Eligibility Rules as Code: Reducing the Gap Between Policy and Service Delivery for the Safety Net
- data.org: A Look Under the Hood: Inside data.org's New Data Maturity Assessment Tool