September 20, 2016
Jennifer Miller, 608-266-1683
Elizabeth Goodsitt, 608-266-1683

DHS Announces New Medicaid Director, Administrator of Division of Health Care Access and Accountability (DHCAA)

The Department of Health Services (DHS) announced today the selection of the next Medicaid Director and Administrator of the Division of Healthcare Access and Accountability. Michael Heifetz will take over for Kevin Moore, who is leaving the position to pursue career opportunities in the private sector. Heifetz most recently served as State Budget Director at the Department of Administration (DOA).

“Kevin Moore has been an outstanding leader in the agency, and we wish him well as he moves on to his next chapter,” said DHS Secretary Linda Seemeyer. “We look forward to working with Michael Heifetz, who brings extensive experience in budget, finance, and health care. He will be a great asset for DHS, and the people of the state of Wisconsin.”

The Medicaid Director heads up the Division of Health Care Access and Accountability (DHCAA), which administers Wisconsin’s Medicaid program, and provides health care assistance to more than one million medically needy and low income individuals and families. In addition, DHCAA administers Wisconsin’s FoodShare program, including the FoodShare Employment and Training program (FSET), and works closely with the Income Maintenance Consortia to determine eligibility and offer ongoing case management.

In his previous role as State Budget Director, Heifetz served as Division Administrator of Executive Budget and Finance, which provides accounting, budget and financial services for state government, including fiscal and policy analysis for the Governor. Prior to taking this position in 2013, Heifetz was Vice President of Governmental Affairs at Dean Clinic, and SSM Health of Wisconsin for 11 years. His experience also includes 10 previous years in state government in both executive and legislative branches.

Heifetz has a Political Science and International Relations BA degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, as well as a Master’s degree in Public Policy and Administration from UW Madison’s La Follette School of Public Affairs.

Heifetz resides in Madison and served eight years on the City of Madison Plan Commission. He currently serves on the Jewish Federation of Madison Board of Directors, and is a past member of the Urban League of Greater Madison Board of Directors.

Michael Heifetz begins his new position as Medicaid Director on Monday, October 3. Kevin Moore’s resignation takes effect at noon on Friday, September 23.