Over the past decade, many state and local agencies have taken important steps to streamline eligibility determinations for low-income families. These modernizations have, in most cases, simplified processes for families and improved accuracy and efficiency when they apply for programs such as Medicaid, SNAP, and TANF. But how can agencies make this even more effective for clients? How can they utilize new technologies, and connect even more individuals and families to public benefits, while also easing the burden on eligibility workers and assisters?
States can adopt strategies to improve transitions for individuals moving between Medicaid and exchanges. One such strategy is to make better use of data to gain insights about how people transition – or fail to transition – between health coverage programs. States already have a wealth of data that they collect and create about the people they serve. Even without significant investment, states can use the data at their disposal to discern patterns to better understand what happens during transitions, why coverage disruptions happen, and what can be done to promote seamless transitions.
Using information collected by one public benefit program to enroll low-income people in other benefits makes programs more efficient and reduces hassles for struggling families. The federal government provides requirements and options to use eligibility determinations across programs, but the rules can be hard to navigate. This guide helps policymakers and program officials identify “linkages” between programs to streamline the application and enrollment processes. An interactive version shows the linkages in detail.
California is the only state in the nation where SSI recipients are not eligible for the SNAP nutrition program. A new report from the Coalition of California Welfare Rights Organizations, the County Welfare Directors Association of California, and Social Interest Solutions outlines options to streamline SNAP enrollment for SSI recipients if California decides to change this policy. Updated August 2018
A well-designed online application can help school districts increase participation in school meal programs by simplifying the application process for district staff and families alike. It can also streamline program operations and strengthen program integrity. States and school districts will likely use their formal procurement process to select contractors or vendors to fulfill some or all of their school meal program needs.