Humana CEO, Surgeon General Offer COVID-Inspired Lessons

If there’s any upside to the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s that it has laid bare what both the country and health care organizations need to prioritize moving forward, suggested two keynote speakers during the America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) National Conference on Medicare, Medicaid & Dual Eligibles, which was held online from Sept. 14-17.

“I really do hope that we don’t just look at this as a fire to be put out, but we look at it as a real opportunity to address some underlying kindling that was there,” VADM Jerome Adams, M.D., the U.S. Surgeon General, said during a Sept. 14 panel hosted by AHIP President and CEO Matt Eyles. A major part of that “kindling,” he said, are the stark disparities in social and economic conditions experienced by different racial and ethnic groups across the country.

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Leslie Small

Leslie Small

Leslie has been working in journalism since 2009 and reporting on the health care industry since 2014. She has covered the many ups and downs of the Affordable Care Act exchanges, the failed health insurer mega-mergers, and hundreds of other storylines spanning subjects such as Medicaid managed care, Medicare Advantage, employer-sponsored insurance, and prescription drug coverage. As the managing editor of Health Plan Weekly and Radar on Drug Benefits, she writes and edits for both publications while overseeing a small team of reporters who also focus on the managed care sector. Before joining AIS Health, she was a senior editor for the e-newsletter Fierce Health Payer, and she started her career as a copy editor at multiple local newspapers. She graduated with a dual degree in journalism and political science from Penn State University.

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