Chicago, IL-January 6, 2022 - Chicago-based Advocatia, an enterprise technology company empowering hospitals, payers, and community resources to assist the uninsured and under-resourced in identifying and enrolling in benefit programs, today announced its partnership with Unite Us to fuel enrollment in available benefit programs for communities and ensure populations have access to care. The partnership will provide enhanced support to coordinated care networks of health and social service providers.
According to the US Census Bureau, the number of American citizens who were uninsured in 2020 was around 44 million. Of the uninsured population, more than 47% are likely eligible for assistance. The lack of insurance, coupled with deficits such as food insecurities and lack of adequate housing, can have considerable consequences on the health, quality of life, and financial well-being for the underserved, under-resourced, and uninsured.
Advocatia promotes community health and vibrancy in more than 200 communities nationwide by helping connect people to programs such as Medicaid, SNAP, CHIP, WIC, LIHEAP, and the Healthcare Marketplace. Advocatia’s technology canvasses national, state, and local programs to find the match and enroll individuals in the programs that meet their needs. This technology has been added to the Unite Louisiana website to help community members quickly identify and enroll in the programs that make sense for their families.
“This collaboration with Advocatia comes at a time when communities throughout Louisiana are grappling with the impact of both the pandemic and Hurricane Ida,” said Esther Farkas, Chief Strategy Officer for Unite Us. “Our Unite Louisiana team is hard at work on the ground every day, ensuring that people are connected to critical social care and clinical resources so that they can get back on their feet. We are happy to work with Advocatia to open further pathways for people who are eligible for benefits and need support navigating the complex system,” she added.
The Unite Us Platform aligns stakeholders from healthcare, government, and the community around a shared goal to improve health. This proven infrastructure provides both a person-centered care coordination platform and a hands-on community engagement process. People are often unaware of resources that are available to them, and unsure where to turn when they are in need of help. The Unite Louisiana network connects individuals and families to local community-based organizations to address unmet needs. No matter where they live or their background – people get connected to the services they need when they need them most.
“We are excited about partnering with Unite Us,” noted Advocatia founder and CEO, Ryan Brebner. “We know that together, we are uniquely positioned to help improve the overall health outcomes for the communities we serve and drive access to clinical care for more people.”