Director of the Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services to Step Down

The Obama administration's top Medicaid official, who negotiated tough terms with states seeking to expand the program under the health law, is stepping down.

The Obama administration’s top Medicaid official, who negotiated tough terms with states seeking to expand the program under the health law, is stepping down, CMS said Friday.

Cindy Mann, director of the agency’s Medicaid unit, had served for five years as the top federal official for the program, which covers low-income Americans and is run jointly by the federal government and the states. For the last 2-and-a-half years, she had been responsible for coaxing states to extend coverage to almost all low-income residents following a June 2012 decision by the Supreme Court. That ruling effectively gave states a choice over whether to participate in the health law’s Medicaid expansion.

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