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AHIP Commends Moves To Address Social Determinants Of Health For Medicaid Enrollees

posted by AHIP

on July 26, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. – July 26, 2019 – Matt Eyles, president and CEO of America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP), issued this statement following the introduction of the Social Determinants Accelerator Act of 2019– a bipartisan proposal aimed at addressing social barriers to health such as housing, healthy food, and reliable transportation for Medicaid enrollees. The bill was introduced by Representatives Cheri Bustos (D-IL), Jim McGovern (D-MA), Tom Cole (R-OK), and Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA).

“A person’s health is influenced by several non-medical factors, including the conditions in which people are born, grow, live, work and age. Social barriers, such as reduced access to housing and healthy foods, can lead to poorer health for people, families, and communities. Health insurance providers are committed to improving the health of the individuals we serve – and the communities where they live.

“We commend Representatives Bustos, Cole, McGovern, and McMorris Rodgers for demonstrating strong leadership to address social determinants of health. Their proposal will strengthen the partnerships between Medicaid Managed Care Plans and community-based organizations to build effective solutions to tackle social barriers, drive value, and improve whole-person care for millions of Americans.

“We look forward to working with Congress, local policymakers, doctors, hospitals, and community leaders to improve whole person and community health, enhance quality of life, and drive down costs for everyone.”