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Delaware One of Eight States Chosen by the National Governors Association to Participate in Health Care Data Initiative

June 26, 2018

WILMINGTON, Del. – In support of a movement to transform how health care is delivered and paid for in the state, Delaware was one of eight states chosen to participate in a National Governors Association initiative to harness data systems to inform health policymaking. Joining Arkansas, Colorado, Indiana, Iowa, Minnesota, Vermont and Washington, Delaware’s team will receive guidance in creating a strategic plan for data analytics in support of policy and decision-making in its Medicaid program.

Over the course of the 16-month project, Delaware’s team will receive technical assistance and engage in cross-state learning to help advance its capacity to use and analyze data in the Medicaid program within the Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS). About 230,000 Delawareans are served by Medicaid, the shared state and federal health insurance program for people from low-income households, seniors eligible for long-term care and individuals with disabilities.

“This NGA data initiative will help us grow our ability to analyze how Medicaid dollars are spent, the health of the populations we serve and how well the health care system is doing in meeting the care needs of our clients,” said Governor John Carney. “Harnessing data is an important way to measure and evaluate our progress as we shift from a health care system that is based on volume of care to one that this based on health outcomes of patients.”

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