MHP Salud is participating in a project to expand proactive, chronic care management to residents of Texas’ Rio Grande Valley who are either uninsured or covered by Medicaid.
The project involves close collaboration among a team of community partners representing the clinical, academic, and nonprofit sectors. MHP’s role is to hire and manage Promotores(as) to provide participants with health education, navigation, and other related services.
MHP Salud’s work on the project is funded by a subcontract from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. The ultimate source of project funding is a Section 1115 Waiver from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services/Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).
Waivers are vehicles that states can use to test new or existing ways to deliver and pay for health care services in Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).
The State of Texas received one such waiver. Partners from a variety of public and private institutions in the Rio Grande Valley came together to develop a plan to address the region’s burden of chronic disease and health disparities; they have now have access to a portion of the state’s funds in order to carry out that plan. The project in which MHP Salud is participating is among numerous initiatives that comprise the Rio Grande Valley’s plan.
“MHP Salud’s participation in this project is important for so many reasons,” said Gayle Lawn-Day, Chief Executive Officer.
“The project allows us to leverage more than 30 years of Community Health Worker programming experience to support an innovative health care model that can succeed only if it produces tangible health outcomes in our population. Any successes and challenges with this project will only strengthen our capacity to provide outstanding CHW programming and training and technical assistance as we move forward. The project aligns perfectly with our mission, values, and strategic plan. It is an exciting time to be part of MHP Salud.”