Cindy Mann, a good friend of Health Care For All and Massachusetts health care advocacy, has just been named by the Obama Administration to lead the Center for Medicaid and State Operations (CMSO), which oversees Medicaid and CHIP at the federal level. Cindy will begin her new position on June 8th (HHS release here).
Cindy worked for many years in Massachusetts, for the legislature and Mass Law Reform Institute, and is on the board of Community Catalyst, our national partner.
Cindy is extraordinarily conversant with the details of the MassHealth waiver and chapter 58, and her appointment can only help Massachusetts as we begin to think about the next waiver renewal.
In her blog announcing the appointment, Cindy writes "Collectively, we have the chance of a lifetime to ensure that every person in America has access to affordable, quality coverage and to make Medicaid and CHIP the best programs they can be. How can we do anything less?"
Amen, and congratulations.