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Medicaid Industry Who’s Who Series: Jim Milanowski

Jim Milanowski is the conference chairperson for the upcoming Health Plan Innovations for Care Coordination Conference in Scottsdale, AZ on September 13th – 14th. Use code MM300 for $300 off your registration HERE!

 

Medicaid Who’s Who: Jim Milanowski – President and Chief Executive Officer of the Genesee Health Plan

 1.  What segment of the industry are you currently involved?

A: I run the Genesee Health Plan. We provide an outpatient health care coverage to those who do not qualify for the Medicaid Expansion or the ACA, or are waiting to enroll/become eligible for these coverages. Our staff are all trained to enroll people in the Medicaid Expansion or the ACA exchange. Finally, we do member onboarding and health risk assessments for Medicaid Expansion enrollees for two Medicaid Health Plans.

 2.  How many years have you been in the Medicaid industry?

A: I have been in the Medicaid industry for over 25 years, starting off as a Case Manager for mental health clients.

 3.  What is your focus/passion? (Industry related or not)

A: With understanding of health care coverage being so overwhelming to most people, making sure that the people we assist are educated on what coverage they qualify for and how to use their health benefit to becoming healthier.

 4.  What is the top item on your “bucket list?”

A: I am a big sports fan, so attending a Super Bowl would be right at the top, especially if the Detroit Lions would ever make it.

 5.  What do you enjoy doing most with your personal time?

A: Spending time with my two sons, who are 22 and 18. They still like hanging out with their father!

6. Who is your favorite historical figure and why? 

A: Abraham Lincoln. During a stressful and chaotic time in our history, he stayed focus on the task at hand and found time to spend with his family.

7.  What is your favorite junk food?

A:  Pizza

 8.  Of what accomplishment are you most proud?

A: Our organization, Genesee Health Plan has provided hands on assistance to over 75,000 county residents in the last ten years.

 9. For what one thing do you wish you could get a mulligan?

A: When the ACA came out in 2014, we spent that original open enrollment period getting as many people enrolled into coverage as quickly as possible, without spending an adequate time one on one educating them on options and benefits. We have slowed down our approach since that first year.

 10. What are the top 1-3 issues that you think will be important in Medicaid during the next 6 months? 

A:  1. Deciding what happens with Medicaid funding at the national level.

2. To start developing a health care safety net if Medicaid Expansion goes away.

 

Jim Milanowski is the conference chairperson for the upcoming Health Plan Innovations for Care Coordination Conference in Scottsdale, AZ on September 13th – 14th. Use code MM300 for $300 off your registration HERE!