Category Archives: Medicaid
GUEST POST by Virgie Townsend, JD, associate editor at the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO)
About 40 percent of the health care dollars spent in New York State come from Medicaid. Realizing that the rate was climbing far too fast, the state brought together health care advocates, physician representatives, elected officials, management and unions to solve the growing financial issue by addressing the social determinants.
And they were effective. Last year the state saved $4 billion while adding approximately 154,000 people to its Medicaid program.
One of the key figures behind the public health improvements was New York State Health Commissioner Nirav R. Shah, MD, MPH, who last week moderated the panel discussion âMedicaid and Public Health: Improving Partnershipsâ at the Association of State and Territorial Health Officialsâ (ASTHO) 2013 Annual Meeting.
>>Read more in a NewPublicHealth Q&A with Shah.
>>Read more on New York Stateâs Health Improvement Plan.
>>Follow continued ASTHO Annual Meeting coverage on NewPublicHealth.org.
In addition to Shah, the panel included Vermont Department of Health Commissioner Harry Chen, MD; Executive Director of the National Association of Medicaid Directors Matt Salo; and Chief Medical Officer for Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services Stephen Cha, MD, MHS. Shah and Chen discussed how their states are improving population health through greater integration with Medicaid, while Cha and Salo presented their views from the Medicaid perspective.