Medicaid MCOs Try Outreach, Cash to Move Needle on Vaccines

As the COVID-19 pandemic has entered a grim new phase thanks to the virulent Delta variant, the need to vaccinate everyone eligible has become even more urgent. State public health data and polls indicate that Medicaid beneficiaries are disproportionately likely to be unvaccinated — something that safety net health plans are working hard to change.

Medicaid MCOs across the country are using all the tools at their disposal to encourage their members to get vaccinated — some Medicaid health plans are even offering members cash incentives. Plans are also helping members schedule vaccination appointments and arranging transportation to them. And MCOs are working to persuade members that vaccines are safe and effective, even as the rollout of vaccine booster shots is being discussed by the Biden administration.

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Peter Johnson

Peter has been a reporter for nearly a decade. Before joining AIS Health, Peter covered a wide variety of topics in his hometown of Seattle, where he continues to live. Peter’s work has appeared in publications including The Atlantic and The Stranger. Peter attended Colby College.

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