Connecting People to Help Is More Critical Now Than Ever

It’s moments like this that reconnect us deeply to our purpose.

As COVID-19 continues to spread and the situation across the country evolves daily, even hourly, we are united with you in the work of connecting people to the help they need. Millions of Americans are suddenly finding themselves jobless with no real means of putting food on the table in the coming weeks or months, and thousands are finding themselves in need of urgent medical care for testing and treatment when they are most afraid. All of us working together can make a real impact, not just in this moment but in the long road ahead.

At Alluma, we are focused on solving the challenges to accessing support and services right now. In the past week, we’ve moved out of our offices to ensure the health of our staff and to do our part to stop the rapid spread of the virus. At the same time, we’re working more closely with our clients across the country to ensure no one falls through the cracks, addressing fast-moving changes in policy and providing technical assistance wherever possible to make those policies an operational reality.

Last night, President Trump signed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, a relief package that will provide free coronavirus testing, paid sick leave for many (not all) workers and additional funding and flexibility to states to ensure safety-net programs like Medicaid, SNAP, and WIC are strengthened. In addition, many states have filed Medicaid Section 1135 waivers allowing further flexibility. These policy changes will require rapid changes in the complex systems managing these critical programs and determining eligibility and enrollment for the growing number of people who will likely need to rely on these benefits.

Our policy innovation team has been monitoring legislation, executive orders, and state filings, and is collaborating with our solutions and design teams to help our county and state clients expand their programs as quickly as possible. Over the coming weeks, you’ll read more about our work to help these agencies. The health and security of our families and communities depend on them.

We welcome opportunities to partner with others to accelerate access to help, and can provide consultation for counties and states seeking to operationalize changes in policy. Please reach out to connect@alluma.org to learn more.

Our compendium of COVID-19 resources includes information on what county and state governments need to know in order to respond to policy changes, as well as updates on our work with our clients. You can view it here.

In solidarity,

Alluma