DHS hires Florida woman to lead the Division of Medical Services – Arkansas News

DHS hires Florida woman to lead the Division of Medical Services – Arkansas News

. Naff launched and spent 18 years heading a Florida nonprofit that created a children’s insurance program that worked in concert with Medicaid that, according to the news release below, became a model for the federal Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). (Arkansas’s version of the program is called ARKids.) She later led an insurance exchange in Florida.

Heading DMS is a big job.

The Arkansas Department of Human Services (DHS) will restructure its Division of Medical Services (DMS) to focus on implementing innovative programs that will transform Arkansas Medicaid and help make it sustainable in the long-term, DHS announced Thursday. The Division will be headed by a new Director who has 30 years of Medicaid, managed care, and insurance experience.

“Arkansas has been leading the nation with its innovations in Medicaid programs and operations. Over the last year, we’ve worked aggressively to design and develop major transformation efforts in Medicaid, including developing a new model of care for our highest-cost, high-need beneficiaries,” said DHS Director Cindy Gillespie. “The steps we’re taking today will help us operationalize these transformations and ensure success in the years to come.”

Gillespie has hired Rose Murray Naff as the new DMS Director. Naff will oversee the day-to-day operations of the Division, reporting to the DHS Deputy Director for Health/State Medicaid Director Dawn Stehle. Stehle has served as Interim DMS Director, in addition to her role as Deputy Director for Health/State Medicaid Director since her appointment a year ago.

“Rose knows both Medicaid and insurance, a combination that is hard to find,” Stehle said. “We…

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