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A Marriage between Medicaid and Public Health: A Q&A on Partnering for Prevention

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Public Health: “Why can’t Medicaid pay for our stuff, haven’t they seen that it is evidence-based and will save money?”

Medicaid: “Why does everyone ask us to pay for their stuff?”

Like anyone in a happy marriage knows, it is invaluable to see the world through your partner’s lens. As the health care system undergoes significant transformation, many stakeholders and policymakers — including Medicaid and public health representatives — are seeking to change how they have traditionally worked by forging new partnerships, breaking down silos, and . . . seeing the world through each other’s lens.

With support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Center for Health Care Strategies (CHCS) is partnering with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as well as the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO), and the National Association of Medicaid Directors, and other partners to spur alignment to accelerate adoption of proven prevention strategies. Over the past three years, CDC’s 6|18 Initiative has supported Medicaid-public health partnerships in 34 states, local jurisdictions, and territories across the United States to accelerate adoption of proven prevention strategies.

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