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Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services

Office of the Center Director

The Office of the Center Director (OCD) serves as the focal point for all national program policies and operations related to Medicaid, the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and the Basic Health Program (BHP). These critical health coverage programs serve millions of families, children, pregnant women, adults without children, and also seniors and people living with disabilities. The Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services (CMCS) is organized into seven groups that are responsible for the various components of policy development and operations for Medicaid, CHIP, BHP. CMCS also has an Innovation Accelerator Program (IAP) team dedicated to supporting innovation and enhancing partnerships with states. Explore the Center's organizational chart for a more detailed view of the organization.

Daniel Tsai, Deputy Administrator and Director
Anne Marie Costello, Deputy Director
Sara Vitolo, Deputy Director
Aditi Mallick, M.D., Chief Medical Officer

Children & Adults Health Programs Group

The Children & Adults Health Programs Group (CAHPG) houses the Center’s children and adult-focused Medicaid work, including eligibility, enrollment and outreach activities, section 1115 demonstrations, and federal leadership of CHIP and BHP. CAHPG plays a leading role in working with states on the implementation of the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid eligibility expansion to provide health coverage to low-income adults. The group leads CMCS’ efforts to improve the quality of health care provided through Medicaid and CHIP. CAHPG also manages the agency’s relationships with Indian tribes and tribal providers and coordinates policy development affecting the American Indian/Alaska Native community.

Sarah deLone, Director
Elizabeth Clark, Acting Deputy Director
Alice Weiss, Deputy Director

Disabled & Elderly Health Programs Group

The Disabled & Elderly Health Programs Group (DEHPG) leads the Center’s work on Medicaid coverage and care coordination for the elderly and individuals with disabilities. This includes initiatives to promote community-based care options and to enhance the availability of long-term services and supports. DEHPG also manages the Medicaid prescription drug benefit and manufacturer rebates, and oversees benefits and managed care delivery system issues across the Medicaid program, including development of the new alternative benefit plans (ABPs) associated with the Affordable Care Act.

Alissa DeBoy , Director
Melissa Harris, Deputy Director
Carrie Smith, Deputy Director

Data & Systems Group

The Data & Systems Group (DSG) houses the data and systems work of CMCS. DSG is responsible for overseeing the collection of information from the states as is necessary for effective administration of the Medicaid and CHIP programs and to ensure program integrity. DSG is supporting states as they develop new and modernize existing eligibility and enrollment systems and the new Transformed Medicaid Statistical Information System (T-MSIS).

Brent Weaver, Director
Loretta Schickner, Deputy Director

Financial Management Group

The Financial Management Group (FMG) is responsible for Medicaid and CHIP financing issues, including program oversight and operations, review and approval of states’ reimbursement rates, section 1115 waiver negotiations, and work with states on new financing initiatives such as payment and delivery system reform and efforts to improve access to care while lowering costs.

Rory Howe, Director
Amber MacCarroll, Deputy Director
Jeremy Silanskis, Deputy Director

Operations Services Group

The Operations Services Group (OSG) manages internal operations including budget and acquisitions, human capital and other administrative processes within the Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services. OSG is also responsible for website content and management for Medicaid.gov and InsureKidsNow.gov now as well as all other media communications and outreach activities.

Angela Corbin, Director
Mary K. Schmidt, Deputy Director

State Demonstrations Group

The State Demonstrations Group (SDG) ensures that Medicaid and CHIP Section 1115 Demonstrations support the goals of the Medicaid statute and the Affordable Care Act, including supporting states that are interested in expanding Medicaid and/or reforming their service delivery or provider payment systems through the use of demonstration authorities.

Mehreen Rashid, Acting Director
Jennifer Kostesich, Acting Deputy Director
Teresa DeCaro, Deputy Director

Medicaid and CHIP Operations Group

The Medicaid and CHIP Operations Group (MCOG) is integrated within CMCS and serves as a focal point with formulation, coordination, integration, and implementation of all national program policies and operations relating to Medicaid, CHIP, and BHP. This group is dedicated to providing operational support to CMCS priority initiatives. Working in partnership with states, MCOG provides technical assistance and ensures effective program administration and beneficiary protections. The MCOG leads and supports all CMS interactions and collaboration relating to Medicaid, CHIP, and BHP with states and local governments, territories, Indian tribes and tribal healthcare providers, key stakeholders and other federal government entities.

Courtney Miller, Director
Jackie Glaze, Deputy Director
Barbara Richards, Deputy Director

Innovation Accelerator Program

The Innovation Accelerator Program (IAP) supports states’ ongoing efforts related to payment and delivery system reforms to help improve health and health care for Medicaid beneficiaries.

Karen Llanos, Director