Standing at a Historic Crossroads: Health, Economy, and COVID-19

Standing At Historic Crossroads: Health, Economy & COVID-19

About one year has passed since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic and much has changed for individuals, families, and communities across the world. As we reflect on incredible loss, extraordinary adversity, and difficulties yet to come, we are left with one option: to rebuild and recover, using the lessons we've learned and guided by the optimism of knowing that we can — and will — reach a brighter future, together.

While our work at BDT has shifted to meet the moment, our commitment remains the same: by harnessing the power of data, technology, and policy, we aim to improve people’s health and financial security. Since transitioning to work remotely in March of 2020, our contact center staff has answered over 130,000 calls and submitted over 105,000 applications for households nationwide — we couldn’t have reached those numbers without the hard work of BDT’s staff and support of our partners.

Though we can't host visitors in our Philadelphia office, we wanted to capture some of that magic through a virtual tour hosted by our CEO Trooper Sanders. We welcome you to join us by watching the recording, where speakers from across the organization discuss recent changes and progress of our collective work.

Here’s a clip from our virtual visit:

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How COVID-19 Could Change Medicaid Enrollment

Medicaid churn

While the pandemic has exposed significant flaws within our healthcare system, such as the barriers to access for many marginalized groups, it has also provided states with a unique opportunity to challenge the status quo. How? By building on the progress made by the continuous coverage requirement under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act.

BDT’s policy team has new insights on how states can help to reduce Medicaid churn and make coverage more equitable for all.

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Welcoming New Leadership

At BDT, we often refer to our staff as the most important ingredient to our “secret sauce.” That’s because we couldn’t connect as many people to critical assistance without their skill, empathy, and dedication to our mission.

Thanks to our partners, BDT’s team has grown to help support the increased need for benefits across the country, and we’re thrilled to announce two new members of BDT that will help us do just that.

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Erika Blumenthal is BDT’s first Chief Operating Officer (COO), overseeing three key teams who are collectively responsible for operational excellence across the organization. In this new role, Erika will cultivate and maintain an efficient and dignified client experience. Erika brings over 20 years of experience in operations management across both multi-state and international programs, as well as six years in education management and teaching.

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Erin Henderlight is BDT’s Director of Policy, bringing more than 15 years of experience working with government to improve health and human services delivery systems. She oversees BDT’s policy and research teams who work with federal, state, and local policymakers to streamline and modernize public benefits systems to better serve families and individuals. Prior to joining BDT, she worked across the country leading projects to analyze and improve policies and practices across federal programs in partnership with more than 20 states and counties.

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As we strengthen our leadership team, BDT is also continuing our commitment to retain top talent and promote from within. Given that value, we’re happy to share the following promotions:

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Sang Hoon Lee
has been promoted to Chief of Staff. Formerly the Senior Director of Development, Sang built and nurtured an exemplary development team, and will now apply his leadership and management experience to help develop organization-wide strategy, drive key improvements, and be a coach and support to leaders and groups across the organization.

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Bert Miuccio has been promoted to Senior Director, Development and Healthcare Innovation. Formerly the Director of Healthcare Innovation, Bert led BDT’s efforts to connect members of healthcare plans to public benefits. In his new role, he will continue to oversee this work, along with his expanded responsibilities, which includes overseeing the development team and working closely with others across the organization to ensure BDT is resourced for maximum impact.

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