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Signify Health statement on introduction of Social Determinants Accelerator Act

By Signify Health Team on 7/25/19 2:15 PM

Signify Health is proud to work with our partners at Aligning for Health, a national coalition of leading healthcare providers, insurers, and vendors, to support the introduction of the Social Determinants Accelerator Act into congress. 

This bill aims to invest in evidence-based preventive strategies that address social determinants of health (SDOH), with the goal of improving the health and well-being of Medicaid populations, while also increasing the government’s ROI on health and social service spending. 

Jamo Rubin, M.D., President of Signify Community, Statement on Introduction of Social Determinants Accelerator Act

“We’ve long known that addressing social determinants, like access to housing, transportation and healthy food, can improve the health and well-being of Medicaid beneficiaries. But working on the front lines with community-based organizations and states, Signify Health has seen first-hand the importance of our communities’ ability to coordinate efforts and try new innovative approaches. The Social Determinants Accelerators Act is a first and important step in improving access to these critical services. We commend Reps. Cheri Bustos, Tom Cole, Jim McGovern and Cathy McMorris Rogers for the introduction of this legislation and their leadership on this very important issue.”

Upon implementation, the Social Determinants Accelerator Program will:

  • Task the Secretary of Health and Human Services with convening an inter-agency technical advisory council on SDOH, including program experts from across the federal government.
  • Make available up to $25 million in grants to state, local and Tribal governments to develop Social Determinants Accelerator Plans that target groups of high-need Medicaid patients and identify key outcomes.
  • Provide technical assistance to grantees to help them to develop and implement their plans.

To learn about about this initiative, please read this Q&A document