MaryAnne Lindeblad to retire from position as State Medicaid Director

MaryAnne Lindeblad announced her retirement from her position as State Medicaid Director effective July 31st.


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In an email to colleagues, Lindeblad said:

“I’m writing to share the news that I have made the decision to retire on July 31. This was not an easy decision to make, but it was made easier knowing how much progress we have made in building an integrated Apple Health program that focuses on whole-person health and equitable access to health care.

I want to take this opportunity to thank you from the bottom of my heart for your partnership and tireless work on behalf of the state’s 2 million Apple Health clients.”

Lindeblad was appointed to the Health Care Authority (HCA) in 2012 by then Governor Christine Gregoire. Prior to her role at the HCA, Lindeblad served as the assistant secretary of the Aging and Disability Services Administration at the Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS). 

She has also served as director of the Division of Health Care Services in the former Health and Recovery Services Administration at DSHS, director of the Division of Healthcare Services for the Medicaid Purchasing Administration, and as assistant administrator of the Public Employees Benefits Board for the Washington Health Care Authority. 

Lindeblad serves on the executive committees of both the National Association of Medicaid Directors and the National Academy for State Health Policy. She also chairs the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Managed Care Technical Advisory Committee.

In her email, Lindeblad said:

“Plans are under way for an interim state Medicaid Director and a national search for the next director. More details to come on that.”