The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA), with support from The California Endowment, has recognized managed care plans for innovative programs that improve care for African Americans, Hispanics, Asians and other ethnic groups.
Five recipients of the 2008 Recognizing Innovation in Multicultural Health Care Awards developed solutions designed for African Americans in communities where they experience shorter life spans, higher rates of disease, higher blood pressure, lower breastfeeding rates, and less use of prevention and wellness services.
The gaps in care that persist for minorities and for non-English-speakers result in serious consequences: unnecessary disability and premature death for thousands, said NCQA President Margaret E. OÂ™Kane. Any national health care reform effort must address these disparities.
Health care providers must be cognizant of their responsibility to provide care that is responsive to the needs of all Californians, said Robert K. Ross, M.D., president and CEO of The California Endowment.
Health plan contacts:
Aetna: Wendy Morphew, morphewWS@aetna.com, 212-457-0320
Highmark: Kimberly Scanish, firstname.lastname@example.org, 717-302-4244
Keystone: Tonya Moody, email@example.com, 215-863-5700
Molina: Sunny Yu, sunny.yu@MolinaHealthCare.com, 562-901-1039
United: Dan Miller, firstname.lastname@example.org, 714-226-3726
Virginia: Pamela Lepley, email@example.com, 804-828-6057
Wellpoint: Jill Becher, firstname.lastname@example.org, 262-523-4764
More information is available on these programs from NCQA, www.ncqa.org, a private, independent non-profit organization dedicated to improving health care quality.
Daniel Danzig, 925-254-6078