SAN FRANCISCO — Pair Team, a virtual and community-based primary care solution connecting Medicaid’s highest-risk patients to high-quality care, today announced it has raised $9 million in Series A funding. The financing was led by NEXT VENTURES, with participation from PTX Capital, Kapor Capital, Kleiner Perkins, Y Combinator, and several healthcare angel investors including Jay Desai.
The funding will be used to help Pair Team accelerate its expansion across California by enabling the company to grow its network of safety net organizations and scale its current team to support additional patients.
Since January 2022, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and other federal agencies have had their eyes on California with the launch of the nation’s largest-ever program to transform the healthcare system for vulnerable communities. With nearly $10B in total funding, California Advancing and Innovating Medi-Cal (CalAIM) is integrating social support services such as housing, food access and transportation through local health plans for low-income residents. The goal is to elevate the role of community-based organizations (CBOs) such as shelters, food pantries, and rehab facilities in the care delivery system. This is the future of Medicaid laid out by CMS, and other states like New York are following suit. However, local clinics and CBOs lack the resources to effectively coordinate and establish a new model of care.
Pair Team solves these issues by partnering with local health centers and community-based organizations, giving them access to a shared, value-based care management platform that is utilized by Pair Team’s network of safety net organizations and providing staffing support to fill gaps in care access and coordination. By enabling existing organizations to provide both virtual and in-person care through its shared platform, Pair Team connects Medicaid’s highest-risk patients with the information and services they need, such as housing coordination, grocery delivery, medication management, virtual therapy and other primary care services.
“Pair Team’s hands-on approach is changing lives for thousands of Californians who are not able to access the care needed to better their health. Our virtual and community-based solution builds personal and meaningful relationships with our patients to help them regain trust in and access to the health care system,” said Neil Batlivala, CEO and co-founder of Pair Team. “This latest financing will help us bring whole-person care to more patients across California, and soon nationally. This is Medicaid’s regulatory moment, and we are here to help catalyze much-needed change for the wellbeing of our most vulnerable communities.”