RIC Event: Improving Health Equity for Dually Eligible Enrollees in Rural Areas

Event Start Date: May 21, 2024 - 1:00 PM EDT
Event End Date: May 21, 2024 - 2:00 PM EDT

Click Here to Register

Click the link above to watch the webinar recording on-demand. Note: If you have not registered for the webinar, you will need to register first in order to watch the webinar recording.


Click here to complete an anonymous survey regarding this event.


Health plans serving rural service areas confront significant health care delivery challenges, including lack of access to health care, provider workforce shortages, food deserts, poor transportation infrastructure, and inconsistent Internet. Health plans serving the more than two million people who are dually eligible for Medicare and Medicaid living in rural communities—approximately 21 percent of all dually eligible individuals—cope with these same issues.1,2 While the barriers are complex, health plans can take actionable steps to improve health outcomes for dually eligible individuals living in rural areas.

In this conversation, RIC’s speakers explore the health equity challenges facing rural communities-particularly as they affect dually eligible individuals-and provide innovative, evidence-based strategies health plans can employ to address them. Speakers discuss health and social disparities in rural areas, the role of social determinants of health (SDOH), innovative partnerships, and provider engagement.

By the end of this conversation, participants should be able to:

  1. Describe the unique health equity challenges facing both providers and enrollees in rural areas.
  2. Understand the implications of health equity challenges on access and health outcomes, particularly among dually eligible individuals.
  3. Consider diverse strategies and approaches health plans can use to improve health care access and equity in rural areas across multiple domains—including engaging providers and extending provider reach, identifying and addressing SDOH, and leveraging technology-based solutions.

Featured Speakers:

  • Dr. Brandon Wilson, Senior Director, Center for Community Engagement in Health Innovation, Community Catalyst
  • Diana Jackson, Director of Care Coordination and Integration, Geisinger Health Plan
  • Amy Lynn Buterbaugh, Director of Medicaid Expansion, Geisinger Health Plan

Intended Audience:

This conversation targets a wide range of health care providers working with dually eligible enrollees, including health plans, health systems, clinicians, social workers, and rural health organizations.

Registration Information:

After clicking the registration link hosted on https://www.resourcesforintegratedcare.com and completing the registration form, you will receive an email from RIC titled “Registration Confirmation Details” confirming your registration. The email also contains a link to save the event log-on information to your calendar and a link to join the event. Check your junk email folder if you do not promptly see the registration confirmation email in your inbox.


Webinar Slides

1Breslin, E., Di Paola, S., McGeehan, S., Kellenberg, R., Maresca, A. (2022). Advancing Health Equity and Integrated Care for Rural Dual Eligibles. Health Affairs Forefront. Retrieved from https://www.healthaffairs.org/content/forefront/national-agenda-advance-health-equity-and-access-integrated-care-dually-eligible.

2Medicare Payment Advisory Commission, Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission. (2024). January 2024 MedPAC and MACPAC Data Book: Beneficiaries Dually Eligible for Medicare and Medicaid. MedPAC. Retrieved from https://www.macpac.gov/wp-content/uploads/2024/01/Jan24_MedPAC_MACPAC_DualsDataBook-508.pdf.