Afternoon Keynote: The future of Florida health care with Beth Kidder


Nicole Pasia


To cap off our 2022 Florida State of Reform Health Policy Conference, Health Management Associates Principal Beth Kidder shared remarks on the future of Florida health care and health policy. Kidder brings over 20 years of experience in managed care and organizational development and served as the Florida Deputy Secretary for Medicaid from 2016-2021.


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Kidder noted the importance of integrating the social determinants of health (SDOH) and an equity lens into Medicaid practices to effectively improve overall quality measures. 

“In the end, if you have a patient who has serious mental illness or diabetes that’s uncontrolled, and they’re housing insecure, they’re not going to manage their health care condition … if we’re going to keep moving the needle on quality metrics, we’re going to have to—at a minimum— partner with other organizations where [SDOH] is their strength.” 

She also urged Medicaid stakeholders to prepare for enrollment changes once the federal public health emergency ends. The video with her full remarks is available above.