Today Walmart and CareSource announced a partnership that will bring healthcare services to underserved communities.
Walmart’s three-year partnership with CareSource will see the two work together. CareSource will administer the delivery of Medicaid and Medicare along with other health plans. Walmart will provide health and wellness services.
“Our goal is to utilize our combined assets to create healthier individuals and communities,” said Walmart Vice President of Social Determinants of Health Warren Moore. “We’re trying to close the gaps in care and promote positive health behavior change through holistic, culturally sustaining, high-quality health and wellness solutions. CareSource is the ideal partner to help bring this vision to life.”
The partnership will start in Ohio and focus on cardiometabolic conditions like heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and hypertension. Eligible CareSource members will receive monthly funds to spend on food, a Walmart+ membership for no cost, and access to tele-nutrition services to aid in improving their health outcomes.
Walmart also plans to work to offer maternal and child health programs to support positive lifestyle behavior changes in Georgia. Under the agreement, expecting mothers or mothers who are 12-months post-partum and enrolled in CareSource’s Georgia Medicaid managed care plan will have access to Walmart in-store Community Health Workers, a “directed spend” program providing monthly funds to spend on food, tele-nutrition services and tele-doula services, and will also receive a Walmart+ membership.
“This partnership will address the major needs our members face, which are difficulty with transportation, access to healthy food, access to care and assistance with care coordination,” said CareSource Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer Dr. David Williams. “We know providing additional support, such as an in-store community health worker, will create another access point to ensure our members have the resources they need, within a location they frequent. As a result of this relationship, we expect an immediate, positive impact in the lives of our members.”