Tom Dehner, who has served as acting Medicaid Director since Beth Waldman’s departure in January, has been named by HHS Secretary Judy Ann Bigby as the permanent director. Tom has been a great friend to the health care access and advocacy community, even during times when they were not supposed to be friendly to us. We think it’s a great appointment and offer our congrats to Tom. Here’s the Secretary’s announcement:
As Medicaid Director, Tom is responsible for MassHealth as a whole, and he will have the authority to run the entire Medicaid program. In addition, because MassHealth serves members across all of our EOHHS agencies, the Medicaid Director works closely with our EOHHS Assistant Secretaries to ensure that MassHealth collaborates with other agencies to coordinate and enhance services across the Secretariat.
Mr. Dehner has served as the Office of Medicaid’s Acting Director since January 2006. Previously, Mr. Dehner served as Deputy Medicaid Director and was responsible for managing MassHealth’s operational and clinical work, including the MassHealth Operations Unit, which enrolls eligible individuals, pays provider claims and manages customer service. His accomplishments include the management of an enrollment outreach grant program that has awarded over $3.5 million in grants to community-based organizations and the creation of an agency-wide initiative to enhance program integrity efforts.
From 2003-04, Mr. Dehner was Chief of Staff for the Commonwealth’s Division of Medical Assistance. In this role, he advised the Commissioner and directed senior management in setting organizational priorities and implementing strategic initiatives. Mr. Dehner also served as Deputy General Counsel for the Senate Committee on Ways and Means from 1999-2003.