About the National Association of Medicaid Directors (NAMD)
The National Association of Medicaid Directors (NAMD) began as an independent, bipartisan, nonprofit professional organization in 2011. NAMD represents the leaders of state Medicaid agencies across the country. Established in 2011, NAMD’s mission is to support Medicaid Directors in administering the program in cost-effective, efficient and visionary ways that enable the over 70 million Americans served by Medicaid to achieve their best health and to thrive in their communities.
NAMD strives to achieve its vision in three fundamental ways:
- Offering programs that connect Medicaid Directors to their peers and resources for problem-solving, exchanging lessons learned, and advancing innovations; and that provide leadership training to Medicaid Directors and their teams; and that advances the profession of state Medicaid Directors;
- Elevating the consensus issues of Medicaid Directors to the national and federal level; and fostering a strong and equal state-federal partnership; and
- Serving as the trusted source for data and information about Medicaid Directors.
Our Areas of Focus
NAMD addresses the myriad content areas and issues that impact Medicaid Directors and their teams. Key areas are:
- Medicaid leadership development
- Managed care contracting
- Dual eligible programs
- Long-term services and supports
- Medicaid program operations
- Medicaid financing
- Delivery system and payment reform
- Social determinents of health
- Outcomes and evaluation
- Behavioral health integration
- Pharmacy and prescription drug pricing
- Beneficiary perspectives
NAMD also convenes two national meetings each year – one in the spring and one in the fall – featuring Medicaid Directors, their programs, and program innovations.
Our Board of Directors
NAMD is led by a Board of Directors comprised of 12 Medicaid Directors from across the country. The Board President is Judy Mohr Peterson (Hawaii); its Vice President is Kate McEvoy (Connecticut); and its Immediate Past President is Tom Betlach (Arizona).
Medicaid is one of the nation’s most vital health care safety net programs, providing health coverage for more than 70 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.
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.