LONG BEACH, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Molina Healthcare, Inc. (NYSE:MOH) today announced that the widely respected National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) has awarded the Multicultural Health Care Distinction to Molina Healthcare’s health plans in California, Florida, Illinois, Michigan, New Mexico, Ohio, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, Washington and Wisconsin. Each health plan will receive accreditation for their Medicaid and Marketplace products, with the exception of South Carolina and Illinois. The South Carolina and Illinois health plans do not participate in the Health Insurance Marketplace and will receive accreditation for their Medicaid health plans only.
“The prevalence of racial and ethnic disparities has been a barrier to improving the quality of health care of many Americans for too long,” said NCQA President Margaret E. O’Kane. “Organizations achieving Multicultural Health Care Distinction are leaders in closing this gap, and NCQA commends them for their dedication.”
The Multicultural Health Care program evaluates how well an organization complies with the standards for the following areas: collection of race/ethnicity and language data, provision of language assistance, cultural responsiveness, quality improvement of culturally and linguistically appropriate services, and reduction of health care disparities.
“We are honored that NCQA has recognized our efforts to provide individuals who are traditionally underserved with access to quality health care in a way that is most meaningful to them,” said J. Mario Molina, M.D., president and chief executive officer of Molina Healthcare. “Cultural sensitivity has always been an important role in determining how we do what we do. As a company committed to serving members that face many challenges, we understand the importance of breaking down cultural barriers and have worked hard to do so for more than 35 years.”
About Molina Healthcare, Inc.
Molina Healthcare, Inc., a FORTUNE 500 company, provides managed health care services under the Medicaid and Medicare programs and through the state insurance marketplaces. Through our locally operated health plans in 11 states across the nation and in the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, Molina serves approximately 3.9 million members. Dr. C. David Molina founded our company in 1980 as a provider organization serving low-income families in Southern California. Today, we continue his mission of providing high quality and cost-effective health care to those who need it most. For more information about Molina Healthcare, please visit our website at molinahealthcare.com.
NCQA is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to improving health care quality. NCQA accredits and certifies a wide range of health care organizations. It also recognizes clinicians and practices in key areas of performance. NCQA is committed to providing health care quality information for consumers, purchasers, health care providers and researchers.