About the National Association of Medicaid Directors (NAMD)
The National Association of Medicaid Directors (NAMD) is a bipartisan, nonprofit, professional organization representing leaders of state Medicaid agencies across the country. Our members drive major innovations in health care while overseeing Medicaid, one of the nation’s most vital health care safety net programs, which covers more than 72 million Americans.
Our work focuses on three key areas:
-We serve as the voice for state Medicaid directors in national policy discussions. We do this by advancing consensus on priorities among our members and elevating the thought leadership of Medicaid directors to influence important and timely issues.
-We support state-driven policies and practices that strengthen the efficiency and effectiveness of Medicaid. Through numerous platforms, we foster state-to-state collaboration and communication on promising practices, common challenges and lessons learned in the field.
-We keep a close, critical eye on emerging issues in Medicaid and health care policy. With members from all 50 states, the District of Columbia and U.S. territories, we hold unparalleled insight into the experiences of Medicaid leaders at the state level. This allows us to present expert analyses to policymakers, provide technical assistance to states and convene workgroups to address key topics facing Medicaid leaders.
Medicaid is one of the nation’s most vital health care safety net programs, providing health coverage for more than 73 million Americans. The program is jointly funded by federal and state governments, but administered by states under broad federal standards. Medicaid – often called different names in different states – serves as the largest payer of births, mental health services and long-term care in America.
Medicaid is administered by states, according to broad federal requirements. As a result, states differ widely in their Medicaid programs in aspects such as eligibility requirements for health coverage, covered services, staffing and financial arrangements.
Every state designates a single agency with responsibility for administration of this program, and the Medicaid Directors are those individuals tasked with the primary responsibility of ensuring that the program is providing high quality, cost effective care to its beneficiaries. Medicaid Directors' efforts to be leaders and innovators in the nation's complex health care system are made more challenging by historic state budget challenges, as well as a complex and fragmented web of federal oversight and regulation.