State and CMS Reach Agreement on Health Pennsylvania Initiative

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A team from Sellers Dorsey and Leavitt Partners Assist State

The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania recently reached an agreement with the federal government over the Healthy Pennsylvania plan, a state initiative seeking to reform the Medicaid program and provide private insurance to uninsured Pennsylvanians. The Healthy Pennsylvania plan focuses on personal responsibility and healthy behaviors; aligning benefits to health care needs; promoting financial independence; and increasing access to private, commercial coverage through a Private Coverage Option.

A team from Sellers Dorsey and Leavitt Partners assisted the State in drafting the 1115 Demonstration waiver request to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to ensure compliance with state and federal regulations and the Governor’s Healthy Pennsylvania framework to promote personal responsibility, healthy behaviors and improved health outcomes.

“Our team was proud to work with the Commonwealth in their efforts to reform Medicaid and increase access to health insurance,” said Harvey Hurdle, the CEO of Sellers Dorsey.

Earlier this year, Leavitt Partners and Sellers Dorsey announced a strategic alliance to assist states in the design and implementation of innovative reforms that will improve the sustainability and flexibility of their Medicaid programs. The two firms are independent and jointly market and deliver services to states and stakeholders seeking reform and modernization of state Medicaid programs.

Members of the Sellers Dorsey and Leavitt Partners team have participated in the development of many other state reform plans for both Democratic and Republican administrations, including Washington, Wisconsin, Texas, Utah, Michigan, Colorado, and Massachusetts. For more information about the waiver services the joint team provides click here.

About Sellers Dorsey

Sellers Dorsey is a national healthcare consulting firm composed of an industry-leading team of consultants and thought leaders from the worlds of policy, government, business, and industry, allowing the firm to provide a fully integrated suite of services to clients. Sellers Dorsey has a deep understanding of Medicaid, having consulted in over 30 states on a range of financing, policy and operational projects, and Medicare financing and policy. Its reputation is one of creativity, collaboration, and accomplishment. More at

About Leavitt Partners

Leavitt Partners is a health care intelligence business founded by former Health and Human Services Secretary Michael O. Leavitt. The firm delivers collaborative, high-value intelligence that helps clients transition to new models of care. Through its member-based collaboration called Health Intelligence PartnersTM and direct services to clients, the consulting firm provides the best available window to the future of American health care. For more information visit

Christopher R. Labonte, Principal and Director of External Affairs
Sellers Dorsey
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Jordana Choucair, Senior Director of Communications
Leavitt Partners
T: 801.326.3553 C: 801.633.4900


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