The head of HealthSourceRI is stepping down to become director of Medicaid. Anya Rader Wallack starts her new job on Monday.
Former Medicaid Director Deidre Gifford announced her resignation in September. Anya Rader Wallack will take her place on November second. That makes her tenure as head of HealthSource RI, the state’s health insurance marketplace just shy of a year.
Wallack will be overseeing a multi-billion-dollar agency that serves low income and disabled Rhode Islanders. Her appointment by the governor comes as the agency is in the midst of a major overhaul. It’s on track to save millions of dollars, although uncertainty over the federal budget could affect the total amount forecast. Also, enrollment in the program has been steadily rising. About one in four Rhode Islanders is enrolled in Medicaid
Wallack's chief of staff at HealthSource RI, Zach Sherman, will lead the agency as the search for a new director gets underway.