States are increasingly looking to identify promising practices and innovative approaches to close the gap in health outcomes, experiences of care, and address social determinants of health to reduce health disparities among the Medicaid population. Given the important role health plans play in meeting the needs of Medicaid enrollees, this webinar will focus on health plan foundations and how Medicaid agencies can partner with these foundations to implement initiatives that address health disparities. Three examples of such innovative programs of varying size and scope, to support the diverse needs of Medicaid enrollees, include:
1) UCLA Health Equity Challenge: A local-level innovation to foster fresh ideas and address the needs of low-income and vulnerable populations by inviting UCLA graduate students to propose solutions that community-based organizations (CBOs) can implement to improve health equity in California.
2) Michigan Early Childhood Investment Corporation – Think Babies Movement: A mini grant model to pilot and test outreach and navigation efforts to increase access and enrollment in critical prenatal-to-three services.
3) Medicaid Innovation Collaborative: A model helping states leverage their managed care organizations to connect their Medicaid agency goals with private-sector, tech-enabled solutions.
Our panel will be facilitated by Ashani Johnson-Turbes (NORC) and will feature Carolyn Ingram (Molina Healthcare) who will provide an overview of health plan foundations and ways foundations support Medicaid members, as well as featuring Jami Snyder (Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System), Dawne Bell (Early Childhood Investment Cooperation), Amon Anderson (Acumen) and Kathryn Keitzman (UCLA Center for Health Policy Research) and the two UCLA Health Equity Challenge award winners.