We work with communities to shape a social opportunity system that supports the 100 million economically insecure people in the US and centers women of color. We are reimagining the way technology is used to enable people to have agency to connect to opportunity.
We began as tenacious problem-solvers. In 1999, a group of changemakers from philanthropy and technology partnered to solve a problem: Why was California’s Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) enrollment so low? Undeterred, they transformed California’s CHIP application into a streamlined, effective, digital-only application. It worked, creating Health-e-App, the first application with an online signature for a public benefit program — reducing the application time from 97 to 7 minutes. Since then, we have connected millions of people to support and helped other changemakers at agencies and organizations realize our shared purpose.
In 2020, Alluma merged with One Degree, a resource and referral platform for nonprofit and community-based resources. Alluma’s eligibility and enrollment solutions have connected more than 25 million people across the country to critical health and human services that change lives and create stronger communities. One Degree’s platform serves around 250,000 annually, and together Alluma and One Degree aim to grow their impact 100-fold.
We see a world where everyone has economic and social well-being. We envision the establishment of new expectations for how society protects, provides for, and partners with communities — especially women of color. These expectations create a social opportunity system that promotes economic equity and racial inclusion and holds itself accountable for ensuring dignity, respect, and fairness.
As a nonprofit social enterprise, we have a different bottom line and the flexibility to challenge the way things are done.
As an organization, we:
- Lead with race and class equity as the goal
- Put people first
- Empower people to have agency
- Build trust through transparency
- Embrace creativity and learning
We’re a diverse group of problem solvers with heart and tenacity. Our team takes a mission-first approach to their work and understands how it connects to the wider purpose. Many of us have had direct experience with needing support or have had family members who need help from public programs.
Bold Past, Bright Future
In the twenty-plus years since launching the Health-e-App pilot, we have brought curiosity and determination to the work of connecting people to healthcare, food support, and other programs. This timeline shares some of what we’ve accomplished by building technology solutions, advising policymakers, and troubleshooting challenges to efficient eligibility, enrollment, and service delivery.
A group of changemakers from the California Health Care Foundation (and many of our founding staff) decided to tackle a problem: Why were so few families enrolling in California's new Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP)? The application was 28 pages long and difficult to complete. Undeterred, they worked to transform the application into a streamlined, effective, digital-only application.
It worked. In 2001 we launched the pilot of Health-e-App, the first digital public benefit application with an online signature. Health-e-App reduced the average time needed to fill out the application for healthcare coverage from 97 to 7 minutes.
The pilot program of One-e-App is launched, providing one interface to determine eligibility for a wide range of programs. One-e-App has screened more than 10 million individuals for coverage and has submitted more than 67 million program applications on their behalf.
We shift from a sponsored project at nearby California foundations to a 501c3 nonprofit, the Center to Promote Health Care Access. We have five employees.
We launch Health-e-Arizona Plus (HEAplus), a public-facing Medicaid eligibility and enrollment solution for Arizona Residents.
We help draft Section 1561 of the Affordable Care Act, which determines the technology requirements for integrated eligibility and enrollment systems.
We start doing business as Social Interest Solutions and launch Health-e-App Public Access, a statewide, public-facing application to California's Healthy Families Program.
We expanded Arizona's HEAplus to include Arizona's Long Term Care System (ALTCS), Arizona's Medicaid program for seniors and people with disabilities at a nursing-facility-level of care.
We publish Opportunities to Streamline Enrollment Across Public Benefit Programs, kicking off a series of investigations and publications on how data-sharing and cross-agency collaboration can create better program delivery and increase enrollment.
We are Alluma, a team of almost 200 people that dig deeper and look further to build solutions that really work. We've expanded our practices of human-centered innovation; the modular technology solutions we've developed are more nimble, allowing us to precisely meet the needs of our clients.
After years of working together, Alluma joins forces with One Degree to create an equitable, accessible public benefits and social safety net system that takes advantage of all that technology has to offer.
PARTNERS & CLIENTS
We understand the complexity of systems and people. That’s why state, county, and local government agencies in health & human services, direct service providers, advocacy organizations, and healthcare payers throughout the country have partnered with us to deliver more for the people they serve.