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Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Leadership

Chiquita Brooks-LaSure, Administrator

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Chiquita Brooks-LaSure is the  Administrator for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), where she will oversee programs including Medicare, Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and the HealthCare.gov health insurance marketplace.

A former policy official who played a key role in guiding the Affordable Care Act (ACA) through passage and implementation, Brooks-LaSure has decades of experience in the federal government, on Capitol Hill, and in the private sector.

As deputy director for policy at the Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight within the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, and earlier at the Department of Health & Human Services as director of coverage policy, Brooks-LaSure led the agency’s implementation of ACA coverage and insurance reform policy provisions.

Earlier in her career, Brooks-LaSure assisted House leaders in passing several health care laws, including the Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act of 2008 and the ACA, as part of the Democratic staff for the U.S. House of Representatives’ Ways and Means Committee.

Brooks-LaSure began her career as a program examiner and lead Medicaid analyst for the Office of Management and Budget, coordinating Medicaid policy development for the health financing branch. Her role included evaluating policy options and briefing White House and federal agency officials on policy recommendations with regard to the uninsured, Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program.

Centers for Medicaid & CHIP Services Leadership

Daniel Tsai, Deputy Administrator and Director

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Daniel Tsai is the Deputy Administrator and Director of the Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services (CMCS). Daniel comes from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts where he served as the Assistant Secretary for MassHealth and Medicaid Director. His tenure has focused on building a robust and sustainable Medicaid program that ensures equitable coverage and reshapes how health care is delivered for two million individuals and families in the state.

Daniel has helped lead Massachusetts Medicaid through its most significant restructuring since the 1990s through its landmark 2016 Medicaid 1115 waiver. Under these reforms, MassHealth implemented one of the most at-scale shifts to value-based care in the nation. Through the waiver, MassHealth also launched a unique program committing significant investments for nutritional and housing supports to address the social determinants of health for high cost, at-risk individuals. In addition, during his tenure, the agency has made critical investments in strengthening community health centers, behavioral health, and home and community-based services.

Having worked closely with organizations across almost every aspect of health care, including a diverse range of Medicaid programs and provider organizations, Daniel brings extensive experience across Medicaid, Medicare, and working with stakeholders to design and implement innovative models for health care coverage, delivery and payment.

Daniel earned a Bachelor of Arts in Applied Mathematics and Economics from Harvard University, summa cum laude.

Anne Marie Costello, Deputy Director

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Anne Marie Costello serves as Deputy Director for the Center for Medicaid & CHIP Services (CMCS) within the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Previously, Anne Marie was Director of the Children and Adults Health Programs Group (CAHPG) in CMCS. There, she directed CMS’s work on eligibility, enrollment, quality of care measurement, and quality improvement initiatives for children and adults served by Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and the Basic Health Program (BHP), leading the development of national policy for low-income children and adults enrolled in Medicaid, CHIP, and BHP. She led the implementation of quality improvement initiatives on maternal and child health, children’s oral health and prevention, and special initiatives related to the Agency’s response to the Zika virus and the Flint water crisis.

Anne Marie is a nationally recognized expert on health policy and has extensive experience implementing Medicaid, CHIP, and BHP policies and operations at the federal and state levels. Before joining CMS, she held a number of leadership positions in state and local government and in the nonprofit sector. Anne Marie also served as the Director of the Bureau of Compliance at the New York State Department of Health. She was responsible for oversight of Medicaid policy implementation in New York City and implementation of statewide outreach and enrollment initiatives.

Anne Marie holds a Master of Public Health degree from Hunter College.

Monica Harris, Acting Deputy Director

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Monica is an Acting Deputy Director for the Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services. Monica is serving in this role while Karen Shields is deployed in support of the Unaccompanied Children’s Program with the Office of Refugee Resettlement.

Prior to this role, Monica worked in the Office of the Center Director as a Senior Advisor since 2018. Previously, she worked in CMS Operations where she served as the Director of the Business Operations and Management Services Group, overseeing the development and maintenance of an Agency-wide administrative IT suite, the direction of the Labor and Employee Relations program, and the management of the Offices’ Human Resources, acquisition planning and budget.

Before working in Agency operations, Monica was a Division Director in the Center for Program Integrity’s Medicaid Integrity Group. Monica also spent several years working in the predecessor office to CMCS, in what was then the Center for Medicaid and State Operations, where she worked on Medicaid eligibility, enrollment, and outreach, and the Children’s Health Insurance program.

Judith Cash, Acting Deputy Director

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Judith Cash serves as the Acting Deputy Director for the Center for Medicaid & CHIP Services (CMCS) within the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Previously, as the Director of the State Demonstrations Group (SDG), Judith led the agency’s work on Medicaid demonstrations and waivers authorized under Section 1115 of the Social Security Act. Prior to assuming the role of Director, Judith served as the Deputy Director for Policy in SDG and, before that, had led CMCS’ work on Medicaid eligibility and enrollment.

Before arriving at CMS in 2012, Judith had spent most of her career in Virginia, working to ensure access to health care for low income and other vulnerable children and families. She was the Deputy Director at the Virginia Health Care Foundation, where, among other things, she led the Foundation’s grant making and strategic partnerships. She also led the Foundation’s work on Medicaid and CHIP outreach and enrollment, and served as Chair of the Virginia General Assembly’s Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program Advisory Committee. Judith also served as President and CEO of CHIP of Virginia, was Health Policy Analyst for the Virginia General Assembly’s Commission on Youth, and Executive Director of the Children’s AIDs Network.