HCA State Medicaid Director MaryAnne Lindeblad announces retirement

Fri, 05/21/2021

Longtime HCA State Medicaid Director MaryAnne Lindeblad this week announced she will retire on July 31. 

Before taking her current role in August 2012, MaryAnne served in leadership roles at the Department of Social and Health Services, was the Public Employees Benefits Board (PEBB) Program director, and was the HCA acting director.

As state Medicaid director, MaryAnne has demonstrated her belief that health care is a right for all. She led the state effort to implement Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act, which gave more than 600,000 adults access to comprehensive health care coverage, many for the first time. She also led the statewide integration of physical and behavioral health for Apple Health clients, working with dozens of partners and stakeholders to build a system that offers whole-person care. Part of that effort was welcoming the Division of Behavioral Health and Recovery to HCA, where they are part of MaryAnne’s team.

"There are very few people who have made as big a difference for Washingtonians as MaryAnne has," said HCA Director Sue Birch. "She started her career as a registered nurse, and has said over the years: 'A nurse first—that’s who I am and the way I look at life.' One of the traits I have most admired in MaryAnne is her focus on engaging consumer voice in our work. Through the Title XIX Advisory Committee, community forums relating to Medicaid transformation, and other consumer outreach, she remains focused on the goal of hearing from consumers how the system is or is not working for them."

Birch will name an interim State Medicaid Director in the coming weeks.