Rhode Island: Former Marketplace Director to Lead Medicaid Agency

Anya Rader Wallack, the former Executive Director of HealthSource RI, has replaced Deidre Gifford as Rhode Island’s Medicaid Director, effective November 2. Wallack was appointed head of Rhode Island’s State-based Marketplace in December 2014. HealthSource RI’s current Chief of Staff Zach Sherman will serve as Acting Director until Wallack’s replacement is found.

Texas: New State Medicaid Director Named

Gary Jessee, Texas Medicaid/CHIP Chief Deputy Director for Program Operations, was named the new State Medicaid Director. Jessee replaces Kay Ghahremani, who is retiring after 20 years with the State and three years as Medicaid Director.