By Monica E. Oss The pandemic has changed Medicaid. There are more Medicaid enrollees post-pandemic—total Medicaid/CHIP enrollment grew to 81 million in February 2021, an increase of 9.8 million consumers, or nearly 14%, from enrollment in February 2020 (see Analysis Of Recent National Trends In Medicaid & CHIP Enrollment). With the disparities in the health care system, COVID has had a disproportionate effect on Medicaid beneficiaries. For example, just under 50% of Medicaid consumers aged 16 and older in Oregon have received at least one dose of the vaccine compared to 70% of the state’s 18+ population (see Weekly COVID-19 Updates for Coordinated Care…
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COVID-19 Risk Management Plan August 11, 2021

We are excited to return to sunny southern California for The 2021 OPEN MINDS Management Best Practices Institute at the picturesque Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa, August 23-26, 2021. To help plan your in-person attendance, visit for a schedule of events happening throughout the week.

The resurgence of the COVID Delta variant has certainly created new challenges for the country and for our families. Fortunately, the available COVID vaccinations have been very successful in preventing symptomatic infections and illness. But I did want to let you know that our team at OPEN MINDS is committed to making our executive events as safe as possible and have an active risk management plan in place. I wanted to share with you the key elements of our plan:

We will continue to monitor any changes in the CDC recommendations for the continued safety of the public. If you have any concerns or questions, feel free to reach out to a member of our team at or by phone at 877-350-6463. We look forward to seeing you at The 2021 OPEN MINDS Management Best Practices Institute.

Monica E. Oss
Chief Executive Officer

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