The Future of Medicaid: Building Sustainability through Program Innovation

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Friday, November 22, 2013, 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM
Augusta Civic Center - Augusta, Maine
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Donna Reed
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Health Policy Colloquium
The Future of Medicaid: Building Sustainability through Program Innovation

Join the Muskie School of Public Service for a discussion of the future of Medicaid with Diane Rowland, executive vice president of the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation and executive director of the Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured.

Diane Rowland is a nationally recognized health policy expert with a distinguished career in public policy and research focusing on health insurance coverage, access to care, and health care financing for low-income, elderly, and disabled populations. She has directed the Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured since 1991 and overseen the Foundation’s health policy work on Medicaid, Medicare, private insurance, HIV, women’s health policy, and disparities since 1993. Appointed in 2009 as the inaugural chair, Dr. Rowland continues to serve as the Chair of the congressionally-authorized Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission (MACPAC).  She holds a Doctor of Science (Sc.D.) degree from the Bloomberg School of Public Health at the Johns Hopkins University.


Drew GattineRoger KatzFollowing the presentation, Muskie School researchers will summarize MaineCare’s cost drivers. Senate Minority Leader Roger Katz (left) and Rep. Drew Gattine (right), a member of the Legislature’s Health and Human Services Committee, will join the speaker for a discussion and audience questions.

The colloquium also will include a panel discussion on emerging initiatives to manage Medicaid more efficiently and effectively. The panel will feature:

Lilia TenintyLilia Teninty, senior policy specialist, Health Services Research Institute. A national expert in innovations aimed at improving the efficiency and effectiveness of programs serving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, Teninty will describe innovative approaches being advanced in other states and the evidence that drives those approaches.

Andy AllisonAndy Allison, director, Division of Medical Services, Arkansas Department of Human Services. Allison has been invited to discuss payment reform in Arkansas, which has been designed to improve care of specific high cost illnesses by establishing benchmarks for performance and putting providers at risk to meet them.

Mary MayhewMary Mayhew, commissioner, Maine Department of Health and Human Services. Mayhew will close the panel with a discussion of Maine’s significant work to address program efficiency, and will respond to innovations presented from other states.





Read the Policy Brief: "The Future of Medicaid: Building Sustainability through Program Innovation"

Read the New Publication: Managing a High-Performance Medicaid Program co-authored by Eileen Griffin and Trish Riley, Muskie School of Public Service; Vikki Wachino, Consultant to Muskie School of Public Service; and Robin Rudowitz, Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured, Kaiser Family Foundation


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