Governor Leavitt in Health Affairs Highlights Need for Integrated Care for Dual-Eligible Beneficiaries

Health Affairs: Governor Leavitt recently authored a piece in Health Affairs, describing the urgent need for fully integrated care for individuals dually served by Medicare and Medicaid (“duals”). He discussed the disproportionate impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on duals, noting duals suffering from COVID-19 have a higher rate of hospitalization than Medicare-only beneficiaries. The Governor highlighted the need for a new value-based care model that “allows states the option of fully integrating Medicaid and Medicare financing and services to deliver a comprehensive benefit package that meets duals’ medical, long-term care, behavioral, and social needs.”  Read the full article here.