The Partnership for Medicaid, a national coalition chaired by America’s Essential Hospitals, discussed the future of Medicaid during a Sept. 28 Capitol Hill briefing entitled Medicaid’s Next 50 Years: Perspectives from the Field. The Partnership consists of 23 national organizations representing Medicaid providers, health plans, counties, and labor. Bruce Siegel, MD, MPH, president and CEO of America’s Essential Hospitals, moderated a panel of four experts from around the country serving different Medicaid populations:
- Thomas M. Gellhaus, MD, President-Elect, American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
- Guillermo Gonzalez, Director of Government Affairs, Gold Coast Health Plan
- Reginald Hartsfield, President, Advantage Management Group
- Jeff Richardson, MBA, LCSW-C, Executive Director, Mosaic Community Services
The panelists shared examples of how Medicaid is integral for the populations they serve and offered policy recommendations for continuing to strengthen the program. In particular, they stated that expanding Medicaid has been key to ensuring more people can obtain needed health care services.
The Partnership for Medicaid will continue to work with Congress on strengthening the Medicaid Program. In particular, the Partnership will continue to advance its Medicaid Quality Reporting Proposal, which outlines a path for enhancing the program’s ability to measure quality.