Rhode Island has hired a new Medicaid director. The hire comes at a time when major changes could be afoot for the state’s health insurance program for the poor and disabled.
Rhode Island’s new Medicaid director, Patrick Tigue, takes the helm March 20th. He replaces Anya Rader Wallack, now the acting director of the Executive Office of Health and Human Services. She took the reins there after Elizabeth Roberts stepped down over major problems with the rollout of the state’s new public benefits system, UHIP.
Tigue comes most recently from Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island, one of the state’s major providers of Medicaid health insurance plans. Prior to that, he worked for the state’s Office of the Health Insurance Commissioner.
Tigue comes on board at a time when House Republicans are planning the future of Medicaid funding to states. Rhode Islanders have benefitted from increased Medicaid funding under Obamacare, which expanded eligibility for the program for tens of thousands. Kristin Gourlay, Rhode Island