Michael A. Rashid, a pioneer in the Medicaid managed care industry, has been appointed to the National Advisory Council on Minority Health and Health Disparities of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius this week appointed Rashid to the council, which advises and assists the secretary and the directors of NIH and the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities on matters pertaining to their agencies; the appointment runs through February 2017.
“It is an honor to be given this special opportunity to help address an important health care challenge for the nation,” said Rashid in a statement. “I look forward to working with Secretary Sebelius and other government officials to make quality health care more accessible to everyone.”
President Obama’s Affordable Care Act increased the focus on minority health and the persistent disparities in health care access and outcomes among disadvantaged communities. The law elevated the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities to a full institute, reflecting the new focus, and expanded Medicaid, among other changes.
Rashid has long served the Medicaid community, working in organizations dedicated to making quality health care accessible for all.
He is the president and CEO of AmeriHealth Caritas Family of Companies, and, during his eight-year tenure with the company, he has helped it become a national leader in Medicaid managed care and other health care solutions for low-income, chronically-ill and others. According to a company press release, the Philadelphia-based company has grown from 300,000 members in two states to more than 4.8 million members in 15 states and the District of Columbia.
AmeriHealth is the latest stop in a lengthy health industry career for Rashid. Over four decades, he has held numerous executive leadership positions, including president and CEO of Mercy Health Plan of New Jersey (now Horizon NJ Health). He also served as director of Medicaid operations for Prudential Health Plan's Atlantic Region. And, early in his career, Rashid served as CEO of Total Health Care in Baltimore, one of the nation's first managed care plans.