Governing: America’s safety net is huge. It keeps more than 50 million people above the poverty line with a combination of benefits that support everything from health care and education to housing and food assistance. But thanks to complex eligibility rules, enrolling for even one of these benefits can be complicated. Just imagine trying to enroll for several benefits at the same time.
Not surprisingly, when it comes to government technology, integrated benefits enrollment is more a lofty goal than a reality. Yet it’s a challenge that Code for America (CfA), which matches cities with software developers to solve a problem, has decided to tackle.