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TAHP Joins New Learning Collaborative

Friday, November 1, 2019  
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New learning collaborative aims to find best ways for health plans to address underlying, non-medical causes of poor health for Medicaid patients in Texas

November 1, 2019

A group of health sector stakeholders has launched a new learning collaborative designed to help Texas Medicaid health insurance plans develop and implement strategies to address the non-medical, root causes of poor health for patients across the state. The 12-month project will focus on access to healthy food, housing conditions, transportation, and other social factors that often have a direct impact on a person’s health.

In Texas, most Medicaid services are delivered through managed care organizations (MCOs). The new collaborative will provide technical assistance and opportunities for Texas’ Medicaid managed care organizations to learn from one another and from leading-edge Medicaid health plans and provider innovators across the country.

The group will share promising practices and collaborate to address a variety of social determinants of health needs among Medicaid beneficiaries across the state. Social determinants of health are the conditions in the places where people live, learn, work, and play that affect health outcomes.

The new Texas Managed Care Organization Social Determinants of Health Learning Collaborative is a partnership between the Texas Association of Health Plans (TAHP), Texas Association of Community Health Plans (TACHP), and the Center for Health Care Strategies (CHCS), with support provided by Episcopal Health Foundation and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF).

To view the Episcopal Health Foundation's full press release, click here

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