Capitol Correspondence - 05.20.19

Most Recent Medicaid Director Departs CMS; Replacement Not Yet Named

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Chris Traylor, the Director for the Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), will be departing the agency at the end of May, becoming the fourth head of Medicaid to depart the role under the Trump Administration. He had been appointed to the position in January following the resignation of then-Director Mary Mayhew. As noted by Politico Pro: “Traylor’s departure from CMS, which will take place on May 31, means at least six people have left the agency’s Medicaid office since the start of the year.” Director Traylor had met multiple times with ANCOR staff and Board members earlier this spring to hear about our priority issues, including compliance with electronic visit verification (EVV) and fire code compliance for intermediate care facilities (ICF/IIDs).  ANCOR will keep members informed as the appointment process for his position unfolds and as an interim director is identified. We will continue to work on building relationships with this office given how Medicaid is the main program that funds supports for people with disabilities.