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Message from the CEO – July 13, 2020

Cardinal Innovations Healthcare — julio 13, 2020
I hope you all are finding creative ways to beat the summer heat especially as we continue to be impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. I want to hit on two important topics today. First – is the reset on Medicaid Transformation following the Governor’s signing of Senate Bill 808. Second – is the focus we have with July being Minority Mental Health Month. Let’s jump right in –
 
As you know, implementation for Medicaid Transformation came to a halt this past November. Last Monday, Senate Bill 808 was signed by the Governor – and mandates the Department reset and have Standard Plans go-live by July 1, 2021. These plans will include physical and behavioral health, and pharmacy benefits for much of the Medicaid population. Cardinal Innovations will be ready to become a Tailored Plan in 2022. Our focus will be on Medicaid members who have more specialized needs – and will include physical and behavioral health, pharmacy benefits, and other specialized services. I’ve long said our members deserve integrated care – where we care for the mind, and the body, while also better understanding the environmental factors that influence our members’ wellbeing. There is a lot of preparation ahead of us – and I am excited about our future.
 
Switching gears – July is Minority Mental Health Awareness Month. It’s a time where we are called to focus even more on historically underserved and underrepresented populations. We work to be equitable in providing care and access to our members – but acknowledge there are underlying and systemic issues in society that require us to do more.
 
What this means, is that Cardinal Innovations must recognize that most of our members have been faced with years – even generations – of trauma that stems from systemic oppression. We need to be mindful that socioeconomic disparities that impact the mental health of historically underserved and underrepresented populations, must influence how we deliver care – including how we recruit, and train providers to be culturally competent. This is important to our organization – and our members, and we will continue to work hard in this area.
 
I’m going to stop here today with those two topics. Topics that speak to who we are and what is important. I’m excited about the opportunities ahead of us and how they will benefit our members and communities.
 
Have a great week,
 
Trey Sutten
CEO, Cardinal Innovations Healthcare

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