A health-care fellow at a Nevada think tank has been hired to oversee the state’s division overseeing Medicaid and low income children’s health insurance
According to the state’s website for the Division of Health Care Financing and Policy, which oversees the state programs for Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), Suzanne Bierman will serve as administrator of the department. Cody Phinney, previously the acting administrator, is now listed as a deputy administrator for the division.
According to her biography, Bierman most recently worked as a fellow at the Guinn Center for Policy Priorities and worked at a Las Vegas federally qualified community health center. She also spent five years as the Assistant Director of Arkansas’ Medicaid program, helping the state expand its Medicaid population under provisions of the Affordable Care Act.
The division oversees both Medicaid and Nevada’s version of CHIP, called Nevada Check Up, which provides health-care benefits to uninsured children below 200 percent of the federal poverty level.