Medicaid managed care plans send out big checks to increase access to health care services

Two Medicaid managed care plans this month offered grants in an effort to increase access to health care services.

Simple Healthcare Plans provided a $150,000 grant to Florida Behavioral Health Association (FBHA) to support Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics (CCBHC).

The CCBHC model is an innovative and integrated model of health care developed to ensure access to a comprehensive range of behavioral health care services for mental health and substance use disorders for anyone in need of care, regardless of their ability to pay, place of residence or age.

CCBHCs must provide coordination of care to help people navigate behavioral health care, physical health care, social services, and other systems in which they participate.

The Substance abuse and mental health management Within the Department of Health and Human Services, she has offered grant opportunities to CCBHCs and is ready to do so Announce the newest recipients soon.

There are 13 CCBHCs in Florida. Twelve of them, said the head of the FBHA Melanie Brown and SaveThey are members of the association.

Brown and Weaver said in a prepared statement that CCBHC patients in Florida saw a 69% decrease in hospitalizations for a mental health condition and a 92% decrease in prisons.

“The CCBHC model is the future in quality behavioral health care for everyone. The success that these cutting-edge, patient-centered clinics have already achieved in Florida is amazing,” she said. “The FBHA is grateful to Simply for partnering with us to continue the work of the CCBHCs and ultimately improve Florida’s lives.”

holly princepresident of Simply Healthcare Plans, presented a $150,000 check to the FBHA at its conference last week in Orlando.

“As part of Simply Healthcare Plans’ ongoing commitment to addressing the physical, behavioral, and social drivers that affect the health of the communities we serve, we are proud to support the Florida Behavioral Health Association in its mission to advance and advocate for improved behavioral health,” Prince said.

Simply Healthcare Plans has contracts with Florida to provide Medicaid-administered assistance, Medicaid-managed long-term care plans, and Florida Healthy Kids policies.

Meanwhile, the Sunshine Health Plan announced on August 15 that it will allocate $500,000 to Tallahassee Community College over the next five years to help alleviate the health care workforce shortage. The commitment was made after the success of a pilot program called “Gadsden Connect”.

In 2020 Sunshine has agreed to offer scholarships to residents of Gadsden County who have met the basic requirements of the Nursing Assistant Program and Home Health Aide Certificate Programs. The disruption caused by COVID-19 means the pilot program spanned over two years and with a smaller group of students, a Sunshine spokesperson said 60 residents have completed TCC programs.

Commitment to TCC is just the beginning. Sunshine is finalizing similar partnerships with Broward College and Hillsborough Community College.

Sunshine Health is a wholly owned subsidiary of Centene Corporation, a diversified, multinational healthcare organization. Sunshine Health contracts with the Health Care Administration Agency to provide Medicaid-managed medical assistance, long-term Medicaid-managed care and a Medicaid-managed specialty plan for people with serious mental illness. It also has a contract with the Ministry of Health to provide health care for medically complicated children.

The company also operates on federal health insurance exchanges under the Ambetter name, and offers Medicare Advantage and Medicare Drug Plans under the Wellcare name.

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