Governor Walker Announces Alaska’s Participation in Medicaid Leadership Institute

September 23, 2015 ANCHORAGE — Governor Bill Walker announced this week that Alaska was named as one of six states chosen to participate in the 2015-2016 Medicaid Leadership Institute beginning in October. The other states named by The National Governors Association (NGA) and the Center for Health Care Strategies (CHCS) are Connecticut, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina and Pennsylvania.

“I am pleased that Alaska has been selected to participate in this year’s Medicaid Leadership Institute,” said Governor Walker. “This opportunity will provide the Department of Health and Social Services with valuable insight and direction as they work to implement the Healthy Alaska Plan and Medicaid reform efforts across the state.”

The Medicaid Leadership Institute brings together state Medicaid directors and other senior agency staff, including health policy advisors, budget directors, state health officers and mental health directors.

Started in 2009 by CHCS, the Institute has trained 30 Medicaid directors in 27 states and the District of Columbia, who collectively serve more than 50 million Medicaid beneficiaries. The Institute’s curriculum is designed to help state leaders develop the skills necessary to provide high-quality, cost-effective healthcare through their Medicaid programs.

Representing Alaska from the Department of Health and Social Services will be Margaret Brodie, Director of Health Care Services, and Karen Forrest, Deputy Commissioner.

“Our participation in NGA’s Leadership Institute will help us to identify and implement innovative Medicaid reforms that fit our state’s distinctive needs,” said Brodie, who will lead Alaska’s team. “We especially value the opportunities for collaboration presented by the NGA through this year-long program.”