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Policy & Issues Forum 2021

PTuA3 - A Year of Opportunities and Challenges: Briefing from the National Association of Medicaid Directors (NAMD)

Mar 16, 2021 1:00pm ‐ Mar 16, 2021 2:00pm


In 2019, NAMD and NACHC convened a workgroup of eight State Medicaid Directors and State PCA leaders to systematically explore priority areas and identify opportunities for collaboration at the national and state levels. Through quarterly meetings and other engagements, this workgroup has held discussion on COVID-19 and childhood vaccine challenges, state telehealth policies, the state Medicaid budget landscape, value-based payment and quality of care/clinical measures, among others. Looking ahead in 2021, the state Medicaid environment will face immense opportunities and challenges due to the pandemic, the new presidential administration, and state budget pressures. This session will include a briefing from NAMD staff on the current environment, a joint workgroup briefing, and related discussion from a PCA leader and their respective State Medicaid Director.

Learning Objectives:
  • Hear information on current state Medicaid landscape, including key priorities and challenges in red, blue and purple states.
  • Learn about ongoing work of the NAMD/NACHC workgroup over the past 18 months.
  • Identify key issues for ongoing NAMD/NACHC collaboration.


  • Jeremy Crandall, Director, State Affairs, NACHC
  • Dianne Hasselman, MSPH, Deputy Executive Director, National Association of Medicaid Directors
  • Sally Kozak, MHA, RN, Deputy Secretary, Office of Medical Assistance Programs, Pennsylvania Department of Human Services
  • Ken Lalime, Chief Executive Officer, Community Health Center Association of Connecticut
  • Kate McEvoy, JD, State Medicaid Director, Director, Division of Health Services, Connecticut Department of Social Services
  • Cheri Rinehart, RN, BSN, NHA, President and CEO, Pennsylvania Association of Community Health Centers

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