As EBT enters its 4th decade of operation, States can begin to consider ways to grow their programs by not only adding features and functionality to their core system but also ways to bring in partners to take advantage of EBT’S proven and reliable platforms.
Expanding mobile applications, implementing enhanced fraud data analytics, increasing and improving greater call center/ARU capabilities are a few examples of growing an existing program.
Adding partner agencies that can provides services such as Medicaid, Foster Care, Adoption Services, and Child Support opens up the core platform to additional functionality, support and services to their constituents.
As States consider how to provide services to families more holistically, there are intersection points between SNAP, WIC, healthcare and Child Support and Foster Care.
What are the pros/cons of requiring SNAP participants to apply for child support services through the State IV-D program? Why do some states provide foster care funds on a prepaid debit card?
Is there enough of an interrelationship between foster care and SNAP to allow dual program participants to access benefits of both programs from one card? The needs of children and families continue to be urgent – can we/should we align programs more closely?
Are these needs important enough to compel us to find solutions to the technical and funding issues that have sunken numerous one-card project attempts in the past,
Looking more long term, the healthcare industry has been moving away from a fee-for-service payment model to more of a value-based model, causing healthcare providers and payers to take a more holistic approach to treating and managing the health of a population.
This approach to whole person care is changing the way Medicaid and Medicare are paying for services, including addressing issues such as food and housing insecurity, behavioral health, access to transportation, etc., for those with chronic diseases.
Commercial health plans and self insured employers are already engaging their members and employees with benefit management and price transparency tools, which could benefit government program beneficiaries.
Front Page Focus will discuss synergies between SNAP and WIC EBT and healthcare IT in the context of achieving the triple aim of improved health outcomes, lower per capita costs and improved experience of the patient/client.
We’ll discuss these topics and more during this session.
The online purchasing pilot was first implemented in New York in April 2019. As more retailers and states roll out this pilot across the nation, come and listen to a panel of industry experts who helped paved the way to bring the online purchasing experience to SNAP EBT. We will gain insight through each stakeholder’s perspective on how they managed the implementation process and share lessons learned.
In the United States, we have established several programs designed to assist families with basic needs while they work to raise themselves out of poverty and also engaging where appropriate to ensure the welfare of children.
In a newly established office in the State of Michigan, work is underway to determine how to most effectively assist families to improve their economic stability, with a focus on working with families holistically, and helping them navigate through often complex eligibility requirements.
This session will focus on how different program experts within a State can coordinate their efforts (SNAP, TANF, Child Support, WIC, Community Resources, other programs) to deliver services and assistance to families in need. While the needs of the family are often critical, compliance and enforcement requirements must be met at the federal and state levels. Is it possible to be family focused while ensuring that program and agency responsibilities are met? Can the experiences in Michigan (and New Hampshire and Colorado) be leveraged to help other states consider how to most effectively leverage and deliver the roadmap of services needed to help families achieve self-sufficiency?