Start-up helps employers find out if workers are eligible for Medicaid

January 06, 2015

BeneStream, a New York-based start-up funded partly by the Ford Foundation, uses software to quickly determine which employees are eligible for Medicaid, then helps those workers sign up for the state-federal health program that covers 70 million people. The goal is to help employers and workers make the most of two key provisions of the health law: the Medicaid expansion that's making millions of working adults eligible for Medicaid and the requirement that medium and large-sized employers provide coverage in 2015 or face a penalty. BeneStream charges $40 to screen each employee for Medicaid and then $20 a month for each individual it helps get into the program.