About Us

Our Mission

Medicaid Innovation Collaborative aims to catalyze innovation in Medicaid in order to improve patient outcomes and advance health equity. We believe innovation has the power to transform access and reduce the cost of care for the most vulnerable patient populations in the US. 


Tech-enabled interventions that improve access and quality of care and address social and environmental needs are underutilized yet powerful potential solutions to transform the health and wellbeing of the Medicaid beneficiaries across the country.

Health equity ensures that every individual has the means and opportunity to attain their full health potential and no one is disadvantaged from achieving this potential because of social position or other socially determined circumstances.

– Adapted from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Our Approach

Through cross-state collaboration, in-depth discovery, and technical assistance, MIC enables state Medicaid programs, their managed care plans, and other key stakeholders to identify and implement such solutions.

 

Structured as a cohort program, states have the opportunity to share learnings and collaborate with their peers on a specific health equity challenge.

 

Our Founding Partners

Medicaid Innovation Collaborative was launched by three organizations with a shared commitment to supporting the United States’ most vulnerable communities and prior experience in designing mission-driven programs to bring innovations that serve these communities to market.

We have collectively screened nearly 1,000 early-stage health innovations, invested in early-stage innovations that serve over 20 million low-income Americans, and hosted eight innovation showcases involving the participation of multiple Medicaid stakeholders, including state agencies, health plans, providers, and policymakers. This collective work has revealed that the private sector can play a critical role in addressing health equity challenges in public programs.

 
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Acumen is changing the way the world tackles poverty by investing in companies, leaders and ideas. We invest in innovations that enable low-income communities to transform their lives in 14 countries around the world. In the U.S., Acumen America invests health, workforce development and financial service innovations that address acute challenges experienced by low-income Americans.

www.acumen.org/america

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Adaptation Health is a buyer-side incubator program supporting the innovation efforts of  State Medicaid programs and managed care organizations. Through Medicaid Innovation Challenges, Adaptation Health connects state Medicaid agencies, managed care organizations, and innovative vendors to solve deep-rooted problems in public health and Medicaid service delivery.

www.adaptationhealth.org

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The Center for Health Care Strategies is a policy design and implementation partner devoted to improving outcomes for people enrolled in Medicaid. Leveraging its previous work in the digital health for underserved populations space, CHCS is partnering with MIC to provide Medicaid policy expertise and technical assistance.

www.chcs.org

Our Cohort Members

Medicaid Innovation Collaborative aligns state Medicaid agencies, their health plans, and members of the community on a health equity goal and locates private-sector solutions to help meet that goal. 

State Medicaid Agencies:

Many Medicaid programs are eager to tackle issues of health equity, but often find themselves bandwidth- and resource-constrained. 

Managed Care Organizations:

Health plans are working to improve the health care experience of their members but are facing varying state requirements, low member engagement, and burdensome vendor sourcing and evaluation.

Community Stakeholders:

Community leaders are working boots on the ground to fill resource gaps for those in need, but experience challenges with capacity and support as key stakeholders in the Medicaid ecosystem. 

 
 

Our Collaborators

Medicaid Innovation Collaborative aims to elevate the perspectives of key stakeholders within the Medicaid ecosystem, in order to best source and implement impactful solutions to the most complex health inequities.

Medicaid Beneficiaries:

MIC seeks to amplify the voices of those who receive benefits and services but don’t often have the opportunity to provide feedback on their needs and how services can be improved.

Clinicians and Community-Based Organizations:

MIC acknowledges that service providers have a deep knowledge of the systemic issues their clients face and the challenges they encounter in delivering care but don’t often have the forum to share what they see and experience in the field.

Vendors:

MIC understands that it can be challenging for vendors to break through the noise to reach decision makers within the state Medicaid agencies and health plans.

Subject Matter Experts:

MIC recognizes that there is vast existing knowledge and experience around health equity and serving Medicaid populations, but that expertise doesn’t always factor into solution identification and implementation at the state level.

Our Advisors

The Medicaid Innovation Collaborative Advisory Board is composed of leading experts in Medicaid, care delivery, health tech, and impact investment advisors. The board has decades of leadership, and expertise and will provide critical guidance and support to shape MIC’s vision, strategy, and operations.

 
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Adimika Arthur

Executive Director at HealthTech for Medicaid

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R.J. Briscione

Senior Director, Social Determinants of Health Strategy & Execution at Aetna, a CVS Health Company

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Margaret Laws

President & CEO at Hopelab

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Monique Shaw, PhD, MPH, CHES

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Melanie Bella

Head of Partnerships and Policy at Cityblock Health

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Allison Hamblin, MSPH

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Abner Mason

Founder & CEO at SameSky Health

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Pablo Bravo

System VP, Community Health at CommonSpirit Health

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Carolyn Ingram, MBA

Executive Director, MolinaCares Foundation and Executive Vice President at Molina Healthcare

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Jamila Michener, PhD, MA

Associate Professor, Co-Director at Cornell Center for Health Equity

Our Funders

Medicaid Innovation Collaborative is a non-profit organization committed to delivering innovation to Medicaid at no additional cost to states and managed care organizations. We are primarily supported through grant funding sourced on a rolling basis.

A special thank you to our current funding partners:

 
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Interested in supporting Medicaid Innovation Collaborative?