Forum Session

Medicare Advantage Special Needs Plans: A New Opportunity for Integrated Care?
November 18, 2005


Christie Provost Peters


This meeting focused on the new special needs plan (SNP) option under Medicare managed care and the opportunities and challenges it presents. Speakers provided an overview of SNPs, the pros and cons of becoming a SNP, and an update of the SNP marketplace. In addition, speakers from two SNPs discussed their plans, the populations they serve, their experience in becoming SNPs, and program expectations. Finally, the interaction of SNPs with states was discussed, and the possible role of SNPs in efforts to integrate Medicare and Medicaid services were examined.


Jonathan Blum, Director, Medicaid Practice, Avalere Health; Richard Chambers, Chief Executive Officer, CalOptima; Mary Kennedy, Vice President, Business Development, Evercare; John Gorman, President and Chief Executive Officer, Gorman Health Group, LLC

Slides from the presentations by Mr. Blum, Mr. Chambers, Ms. Kennedy, and Mr. Gorman are available for download.

Related Materials

More information available in the related Issue Brief No. 808 (November 11, 2005).

See also a subsequent Forum Session (November 30, 2007).

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