Health Equity and Enabling Benefits Access

Date: November 10, 2022

As the COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE) is currently set to expire in January 2023, many Americans covered under the Medicaid expansion may lose their existing health coverage and with it their access to safe, affordable care. 

As we continue to wrestle with issues of health equity nationally, we want to highlight one area of local success: an outreach program sponsored by the PA Department of Aging has supported HSX, our partner Benefits Data Trust (BDT), and several HSX-member health systems in connecting Delaware Valley residents with substantial benefits that address healthcare access as well as social determinant-related needs such as food insecurity and rental assistance.

Please join us for the next installment of HSX University on November 10, 2022 at 1:30 pm ET, where we will discuss:

  • The state of benefits access in the Philadelphia metro area and surrounding region
  • Pathways for providers and payers to assist Medicaid recipients to prepare for the end of the PHE
  • The milestone HSX and BDT recently achieved in the PA Department of Aging’s outreach program
  • The value and types of programs families are screened for and how their applications are facilitated
  • Opportunities to expand the populations invited to participate in screening
  • An update on the statewide social determinants of health (SDOH) referral platform to be developed by Pennsylvania’s HIEs under a grant from the Department of Human Services


  • Harm Scherpbier (Moderator), Chief Medical Information Officer at HealthShare Exchange
  • Tom Snedden, Director, PACE Program at the PA Department of Aging
  • Jessica Gillespie, Senior Officer, The Pew Charitable Trusts
  • Bill Marella, Vice President, Value-Based Care and Data Analytics at HealthShare Exchange
  • Morgan Vierling, PA Engagement Manager at Benefits Data Trust
  • Julian Xie, Senior Innovation Manager at Benefits Data Trust