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Q&A: DBHDS Chief Clinical Officer Alexis Aplasca, MD on moving towards value-based models of care in Virginia

Nicole Pasia | Jun 10, 2021 | Virginia

Alexis Aplasca, MD is the chief clinical officer at the Department of Behavioral Health & Developmental Services (DBHDS). For the past several years, DBHDS has worked to close the gap between behavioral health services covered by public providers—such as Medicaid and Virginia’s 40 community service boards—and commercial providers.  In this...[ Read More ]

Q&A with Maryland Prescription Drug Affordability Board Executive Director Dr. Andrew York

| Jun 10, 2021 | Maryland

Dr. Andrew York is the Executive Director for the Maryland Prescription Drug Affordability Board – a newly created board in Maryland working to address prescription drug costs. According to the annotated code of Maryland, “the purpose of the Board is to protect State residents, State and local governments, commercial health...[ Read More ]

Q&A: LA Care Health Plan CEO John Baackes on the co-existence of a public option and private insurance

| Jun 9, 2021 | California

John Baackes is the CEO of LA Care Health Plan, a public health insurance plan providing coverage to over two million underserved individuals in California. Baackes refers to LA Care as the only functioning public option in the country, serving as an anchor in the state’s health insurance market to...[ Read More ]

Q&A: Lori Coyner discusses OHA's outlook to best care for all Oregonians

| Jun 7, 2021 | Oregon

Lori Coyner has been the medicaid director at the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) since 2018. She previously worked for OHA as director of health analytics before moving to the role of managing principal for Health Management Associates.  In this Q&A with State of Reform, Coyner discusses OHA’s response to the...[ Read More ]

Q&A: Rocky Mountain Health Plans CEO Patrick Gordon on reinsurance, health equity, and more

| Jun 3, 2021 | Colorado

Patrick Gordon is the president and CEO of Rocky Mountain Health Plans (RMHP), a Colorado subsidiary of UnitedHealth Group. RMHP has operated in Colorado for nearly 50 years and consists of 255,110 enrollees and 21,506 providers. In this Q&A with State of Reform, Gordon shared RMHP’s perspective on issues including the...[ Read More ]

CBHN's Rhonda Smith talks about what they are doing to address health disparities in Black communities

| Jun 1, 2021 | California

The past year and a half have shined a light on the systemic inequities that exist in the U.S. health care system. But for Rhonda Smith, executive director of the California Black Health Network, this is the beginning of what she hopes will be a shift in how the health...[ Read More ]

Q&A: NAMI Texas executive director Greg Hansch on mental health advocacy

| May 28, 2021 | Texas

Although mental health awareness month is coming to an end, Texans need mental and behavioral health support year-round. Greg Hansch, executive director of the National Alliance for Mental Health (NAMI) Texas, has led numerous policy advocacy initiatives and outreach efforts at NAMI Texas since his start in 2012.  In this...[ Read More ]

Q&A: Mental Health Colorado CEO Vincent Atchity

| May 10, 2021 | Colorado

As the president and CEO of Mental Health Colorado, Vincent Atchity has firsthand experience with Colorado’s unique mental health needs. The state has repeatedly ranked among the lowest in the country for mental illness prevalence and suicide rates. Needless to say, the arrival of COVID-19 added a whole new layer...[ Read More ]