Medicaid Who’s Who Interview: Erhardt Preitauer

With years of experience, Erhardt’s heart and focus is healthcare. Check out his LinkedIn profile HERE.

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

A: At CareSource, we serve about 2 million members across the Medicaid, Medicare, and Marketplace programs.

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

A: As I think about the answer to this, I suddenly feel old!  Probably been a dozen years or so with a major focus on Medicaid.     

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

A: Other than chasing a couple of kids around, I get up in the morning excited to make a difference in the lives of our members.  Many of our members come from very complex situations or have very significant needs.  We are making a difference.  

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

A: To be able to write with the grace, wit, and wisdom of Clay Farris? 

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

A: Back to chasing kids around.  And good red wine. 

6. Who is your favorite historical figure and why? 

A: So difficult to pick just one!  I suppose it would have to be a founding father.  To have such a grand and different vision, and to have the courage to get it done against all odds. 

7. What is your favorite junk food? 

A: So difficult to pick just one!  I’ll have to go with the “sweets” category on this one.  Nothing beats a good cookie with ice cream on it. 

8. Of what accomplishment are you most proud? 

A: I’ve had a couple of jobs where we have made a huge difference in many lives.  I’m proud to have been a part of teams that have had such an impact.  But I hope the best is yet to come! 

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

A: So difficult to pick just one!  I’ve definitely had a few “character building” moments for sure.   

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

A: I think it is important that key decision makers understand the wonderful work that is being done, and more importantly understand the overall and long-term benefit to society that Medicaid coverage brings.