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New York and Philadelphia, June 14, 2018 – Today, Unite Us, a leading care coordination platform integrating healthcare and social service delivery, and Benefits Data Trust (BDT), a national nonprofit that provides streamlined benefits enrollment assistance, announce a national partnership. The partnership will connect BDT’s benefits screening, enrollment technology, and contact center to Unite Us’ care coordination platform to deliver a seamless, more person-centered, and accountable experience for families and individuals across the country.
Both Unite Us and BDT have developed scalable solutions to address the social determinants of health that are now recognized as driving health and well-being. BDT’s solution successfully connects eligible families and individuals with essential benefits, including health insurance and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), streamlining the often-cumbersome enrollment processes. Unite Us works with communities to build accountable networks interconnecting health and social service providers through its care coordination and outcome tracking software. The software digitally connects healthcare and social service providers together to ensure families and individuals receive the wraparound services they need from multiple accountable community partners.
“Unite Us has built partnerships across the country with organizations who share our vision of connecting individuals to the services they need,” said Taylor Justice, President and Co-Founder of Unite Us. “BDT is leading the industry through its benefits outreach and enrollment solution, and now together we can increase access to these services through our networks across the country. Collaboration is king, and this collaboration is getting us much closer to the integrated health and human service delivery system we are all working toward.”
The partnership between Unite Us and BDT will streamline the navigation of health and social services with increased accountability and efficiency around benefits enrollment and service delivery. Each year, benefits worth billions of dollars are left on the table that could help millions of struggling Americans cover the cost of food, housing, healthcare, and other basic needs.
“This partnership is a giant leap towards a health and human services system that proactively connects people to the supports they need so that people are both healthier and more economically secure,” said Ginger Zielinskie, President & CEO of BDT. “Together, we will connect people to both the benefits and services they need to enhance their health, increase opportunities, and improve their lives all at once.”
Benefits access is shown to reduce avoidable costs of care and improve health outcomes, especially among high-cost, high-need populations. Embedding BDT’s benefits screening and enrollment solution in Unite Us’ platform addresses the two biggest barriers to accessing these benefits: lack of awareness and cumbersome enrollment processes. Both organizations increase their impact by joining forces and will be able to document that impact.
Unite Us is an outcome-focused technology company that builds coordinated care networks connecting health and social service providers together. The company helps systems and communities efficiently deliver care and services by inter-connecting providers around every patient, seamlessly integrating the social determinants of health into patient care. Providers across the continuum can externally refer and track every patient’s total health journey while reporting on all tangible outcomes across a full range of services in a centralized, cohesive, and collaborative ecosystem. This social infrastructure helps communities move beyond legacy resource directories, and transform their ability to measure impact, improve health, and track outcomes at scale.
Benefits Data Trust (BDT) is a national nonprofit that helps people live healthier, more independent lives by creating smarter ways to access essential benefits and services. Each year, BDT helps tens of thousands of people receive critical supports using data, technology, targeted outreach, and policy change. Since inception in 2005, BDT has submitted over 800,000 applications – more than any other single entity in the country – securing over $7 billion in benefits and services. BDT employs more than 170 people and provides enrollment assistance to individuals in six states, and policy assistance to states nationwide. For more information, visit bdtrust.org.