Update on state Medicaid director search

Mon, 09/13/2021

A message from HCA Director Sue Birch

Dear partners and stakeholders,

We strive to be transparent as we continue our process to find Washington’s state Medicaid director. This position is key to HCA’s success, and I know it’s important to partners and stakeholders to be engaged and informed throughout the process. Of course, we want to balance transparency with confidentiality to ensure a fair and equitable process for all candidates.

In the short time since State Medicaid Director MaryAnne Lindeblad retired on July 31, we have interviewed several high-quality candidates, in partnership with other state agencies, Tribes, partners, and stakeholders.

My goal is to find the best person for the position, and we have an extremely capable interim state Medicaid director in Dr. Charissa Fotinos. This gives us the time and space we need to find the top candidates and have them engage with Tribes, key partners, stakeholders and others.

If you have feedback or wish to be involved in the process, please reach out. I am always happy to talk with you!