The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services has announced that it has selected Humana to participate in its Medicaid Managed Care program to provide coverage to eligible children and adults across the state beginning in July 2020.

“Nearly 60 years ago, Humana was founded in Kentucky as a company to care for its residents and their health. We’re honored to continue this tradition by serving people covered by Kentucky’s Medicaid program starting in 2020,” said Humana Medicaid President John Barger. “Across our health plans, we’ve been integrating medical care with pharmacy and behavioral and social health services. We will leverage this comprehensive view of our members along with our community partnerships, provider relationships, and commitment to population health to support the well-being of the individuals and families covered by Kentucky Medicaid.”

“Humana and health are synonymous in Kentucky. Our plan is to provide the Commonwealth’s Medicaid population with holistic care, addressing physical, emotional, and social health needs, with a dedicated team,” said Jeb Duke, Humana’s Kentucky-based Medicaid leader. “As a lifelong Kentuckian I’m proud to lead our local team supported by more than 12,000 Kentucky based associates in improving the lives of our members.”

Humana will continue to cover its 150,000 members under its current contract until the launch of the new contract. The program is scheduled to begin enrolling eligible Kentuckians in July 2020. The statewide program is expected to provide health care to approximately 1.3 million Medicaid enrollees. The statewide contract term is set to last through 2025, with the potential for five (5) additional two-year contract extensions.

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Humana has again scored well in the HACR Corporate Inclusion Index, an annual survey by the Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility that measures companies’ business practices and strategies and fosters dialogue around inclusion and diversity.

The HACR survey helps companies understand Hispanic inclusion needs and benchmark their progress. Participating companies help the HACR Research Institute assess practices and initiatives, identify areas of opportunity, and frame strategic plans to increase Hispanic inclusion.

Humana achieved five stars for Employment and Philanthropy and four stars for Governance.

“We’re proud to be honored in this way, because our inclusive, diverse workforce is a source of energy and inspiration at Humana,” said Maria Hughes, Senior Vice President and Chief Inclusion and Diversity Officer. “We know that in order to provide the best experiences to our members, we need to reflect the communities we serve, understand our customers’ needs, and create personalized services that matter.”

The release of the report coincided with the HACR CII Awards Dinner in Washington, D.C. To access the report, please visit

Founded in 1986, the Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility is one of the most influential advocacy organizations in the nation, representing 12 national Hispanic organizations in the United States and Puerto Rico.

The HACR mission is to advance the inclusion of Hispanics in corporate America at a level commensurate with their economic contributions. Through this survey, companies are able to better understand the needs of the evolving Hispanic community, develop Hispanic initiatives, and make significant progress toward greater Hispanic inclusion.

Watch this video to see how Humana’s culture thrives through Inclusion and Diversity.

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Join POLITICO on Thursday, November 21, for a deep-dive conversation exploring the future of primary care and identifying the most viable solutions to reform the current system.

The White House recently launched an initiative aimed at overhauling primary care and promoting more competition in the Medicare program. Medicare Advantage has grown faster than many experts anticipated under recent administrations, but there is an ongoing debate about its future trajectory and what it will take to get more doctors to take part.

You can register here to join POLITICO and a group of experts to discuss the issues.

Here is the agenda:
8:00 AM Doors Open
8:25 AM POLITICO Opening Remarks
8:30 AM Sponsored Segment
William Shrank, MD, Chief Medical and Corporate Affairs Officer, Humana
Moderated by: Anders M. Gilberg, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs, Medical Group Management Association (MGMA)
**A sponsored session produced by Humana
8:45 AM POLITICO Editorial Panel Conversation
Ann Greiner, President and CEO, Primary Care Collaborative (PCC)
Howard Haft, MD, Director, Maryland Primary Care Program, Maryland Department of Health
Emily Maxson, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Aledade, Inc.
Diane Padden, Vice President of Professional Practice & Partnerships, American Association of Nurse Practitioners
Moderated by: Adriel Bettelheim, Health Care Editor, POLITICO

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“Baby boomers are claiming they don’t want to age the way their parents did. What do you think this means?”

That’s the question Humana Chief Medical Officer Dr. William Shrank asked three highly esteemed former U.S. Surgeons General during a recent Humana-sponsored panel at ICAA 2019: Shaping the Future of Wellness, this year’s International Council on Active Aging Conference, Leadership Summit and Expo. And while the Surgeons General interpretations of the “new future of aging” may vary slightly, everyone agrees it’s a topic that deserves more attention from the healthcare industry and those caring for aging adults.  

Dr. Richard Carmona, Dr. M. Joycelyn Elders and Dr. Antonia Novello took the stage with Dr. Shrank in Orlando on October 11, and passionately discussed how today health care system can improve to care for a growing senior population.

Consider that by 2030, 20 percent of the U.S. population is projected to be 65 years or older. With the three former Surgeons General aged 69 or older, they each spoke from personal and professional experience. Each Surgeon General shared their observations on the need to better care for seniors in America, as well as their anecdotes on personal experiences with aging. All were steadfastly in favor of supporting cognitive brain health for seniors, as they see mental health as the bedrock for preventing and managing chronic disease and social determinants of health.

Some of the most memorable takeaways from the panel include:

  • The interdependence of social challenges
    • Dr. Shrank explained how some of the biggest challenges seniors face are social. We as a country are wildly over indexed in paying for health care, and extraordinarily under indexed in taking care of our people,” he explained when talking about social issues, like loneliness, and the impact they have on the current system.
  • Understanding the cultural and social needs for seniors
    • Dr. Carmona shared a touching story about an older woman he had met years ago while traveling. The woman was born in a small village and grew up to become the matriarch of the area, teaching and showing others how to live, grow crops and work with one another. This maintained a sense of belonging and community. She was 106-years-old, but had a sense of purpose, and a true role of importance to others. Culturally, the woman was revered, valued and admired in her community. Dr. Carmona explained how we need to give seniors today the same continued purpose surrounded by a network of social connections. These are key components to preventing loneliness.
  • Addressing brain health and the rise in dementia
    • Dr. Elders shared powerful words when it comes to dealing with brain health. “My brother used to pray every day that his body doesn’t outlive his mind,” she said. Unfortunately, figures show the longer someone lives, the more likely it is they develop dementia. Dr. Elders explained the importance of having a care infrastructure that addresses the individual’s clinical needs, in-home care and lifts the burden off other family members.   
  • Discerning the effect on caregivers
    • Dr. Novello spoke passionately on the importance of community and camaraderie, especially among physicians and other caregivers. “Doctors who are lonely and overworked, this is what we call ‘physician burnout’ today.” She stated being alone is not the same as being lonely and that we need to make sure today’s clinical leaders are also taking care of themselves.
    • Dr. Novello also went on to explain the importance of caregivers and how women are taking on childcare and parental care, on average, for 11.5 years of their life. “My question is, if we are taking care of everyone else, who is taking care of us?” Geography and gender are the biggest indicators of who is taking on the most caregiver responsibilities and Dr. Novello encouraged women to speak up and not continue as the silent minority.
  • The cost of loneliness
    • “Loneliness is now an epidemic,” Dr. Shrank said. “Fifty percent of women 75 and older live alone and we’re seeing more evidence that socially isolated individuals have worse health outcomes and higher health care costs. What can we do as a society for the inevitable health decline of Americans and the impact on the person who is sick, but also the family, the caregiver and the folks who wrap around and love that person?” This paints a powerful picture on the work that needs to be done and the opportunity the industry has to make aging in America a more graceful process for individuals and those who surround them every day.

Overall, the session reinforced Humana’s dedication to helping the industry move toward an integrated care delivery structure, including addressing social determinants of health, which may include sending physicians into members’ homes to witness firsthand the living environment that can impact the member’s health. 

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