Using Medicaid Managed Care Contracts to Support Community Health Workers (CHWs)
As trusted members of their communities, community health workers (CHWs) have a proven track record of increasing access to preventive services, improving health outcomes, and even reducing costs. And by addressing the social determinants of health, CHWs can play a key role
in reducing health disparities. Despite their effectiveness, CHWs often lack sustainable sources of funding, preventing their more widespread integration into the health care system. For CHWs and advocates who want to establish more sustainable funding, Medicaid managed care offers one pathway.
In this webinar, we:
- Provide an overview of how Medicaid managed care can be used to sustainably fund CHWs
- Provide examples of language from Medicaid managed care contracts that include or support CHWs
- Discuss considerations for CHWs and other advocates who want to use this pathway to establish sustainable funding