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State Medicaid Agencies, Health Plans, and Health Care Delivery Organizations Will Work Together to Advance Health Equity

September 9, 2019

State Medicaid Agencies, Health Plans, and Health Care Delivery Organizations Will Work Together to Advance Health Equity

Washington, D.C. (September 9, 2019) - Seven teams comprised of state Medicaid agencies, Medicaid health plans, and health care delivery organizations in the states of Delaware, Illinois, Maine, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and Washington have been selected to work together to reduce health disparities as members of the Advancing Health Equity Learning Collaborative, launching on October 2, 2019. The Learning Collaborative is a component of the Advancing Health Equity: Leading Care, Payment, and Systems Transformation program (AHE) funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.  AHE is based at the University of Chicago and conducted in partnership with the Institute for Medicaid Innovation and the Center for Health Care Strategies.

Integrating Payment and Health Care Delivery Reforms to Achieve Health Equity

The AHE Learning Collaborative will convene the seven teams over the course of two years to design integrated health care delivery and payment reforms to reduce health disparities and then implement these efforts at health care delivery organizations and surrounding communities. Most organizations need a strong business case to justify the resources necessary to sustainably reduce disparities and advance equity in the quality of patient care and health outcomes. Value-based payment models that reward the quality of care may be a key strategy in creating a business case for health equity; however, state Medicaid agencies, health plans and health care delivery organizations are in the early stages of learning how to design such models. “This is the first attempt that we know of to bring together these three stakeholder groups to identify common goals for advancing health equity and then work together to implement them. We are excited about the potential of this project.” noted Andrea Ducas, Senior Program Officer at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The teams will also address social determinants of health as part of their efforts and generate best practice and policy recommendations for national dissemination. IMI’s executive director, Dr. Jennifer Moore shared that, “this is the first time that we have brought together teams of state Medicaid agencies, Medicaid managed care organizations, and provider groups in a learning collaborative.  This unique opportunity will facilitate a shared approach amongst multiple stakeholders to advance innovation in state Medicaid programs.”

Participating in the Learning Collaborative places the seven teams at the vanguard of advancing health equity. They will receive in-person and remote technical assistance tailored to the needs of each team and share best practices through peer-to-peer learning opportunities.


Delaware Division of Medicaid and Medical Assistance

AmeriHealth Caritas Delaware

Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children


HealthChoice Illinois

CountyCare Health Plan

Cook County Health

Access Community Health Network



Community Care Partnership of Maine

Aroostook Mental Health Services, Inc.

Pines Health Services

The Maine Primary Care Association


The New Jersey Department of Human Services, Division of Medical Assistance and Health Services

Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey

RWJBarnabas Health System

     Newark Beth Israel Medical Center

     Jersey City Medical Center


Pennsylvania Office of Medical Assistance Programs

Gateway Health Plan

Allegheny Health Network

North Side Christian Health Center



UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Tennessee

Tennessee Maternal Fetal Medicine, PLC

Meharry College of Medicine


Washington State Health Care Authority

Community Health Plan of Washington

Community Health Network of Washington



About the Institute for Medicaid Innovation

The Institute for Medicaid Innovation (IMI) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit, nonpartisan research and policy organization that provides independent, nonpartisan information and analysis to inform Medicaid policy and improve the health of the nation.


Media contact:

Lydia Tonkonow