Kentucky’s Medicaid Commissioner is included in a national group working to develop innovative strategies to meet the health care needs of low income families. Commissioner Lawrence Kissner is one of seven Medicaid directors nationally picked to participate in the Medicaid Leadership Institute. The initiative, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, aims to help state Medicaid officials do more in offering accessible, cost effective care.
The program is managed by the Center for Health Care Strategies. Center Director Carolyn Ingram says “Each of these seven Medicaid directors is essentially the CEO of one of the largest health insurers in his or her state. The 12 month institute is designed to enhance strategic thinking, substantive knowledge, individual leadership, and technical skills. Since 2009, directors from some 22 states have participated in the year-long curriculum.