COLUMBIA, MO. – Scott Miniea is the new executive director of the Primaris Foundation, taking the reins from Carol Beahan, who retired Jan. 30 after a 30-year career with Primaris.
Primaris CEO Richard A. Royer made the announcement of Miniea’s new post on Feb. 8. Primaris is a healthcare consulting and services firm; the Primaris Foundation is a non-profit organization that helps individuals and communities live healthier lives. The Foundation operates two primary programs: CLAIM, the Missouri State Health Insurance Assistance Program, and Insurance Counseling Services, or ICS.
“He brings a record of achievement here and a strong experience base elsewhere,” Royer said, noting that Miniea will work with “remarkably talented” staff. “With this team, the Foundation is in good hands,” Royer said.
Miniea said Beahan is “a living legend … who built the program into what it is” as executive director of the not-for-profit Foundation that was created in 2005. Miniea said he will be in regular contact with Beahan “as her mentorship and experience are invaluable to the program.”
(For more about Beahan’s retirement and tenure with the Primaris Foundation, listen to Episode 59 of the Quality Talk podcast.)
Miniea will also make it a priority to continue nurturing the Foundation’s relationship with community partners that are vital in helping both CLAIM and ICS “educate and empower individuals and communities to make informed decisions in a complex healthcare environment.”
“As a CLAIM volunteer myself and an ACA insurance counselor and community health worker, I know how challenging the work we all do can be – and how important,” Miniea said. He served as the ICS director for the past 18 months and will remain focused on “ensuring as many Missourians as possible have health insurance coverage” as well as access to health care to improve their own lives and the health of their communities.