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09/11/2017

Wolf Administration Official Named to National Board

Harrisburg, PA - Leesa Allen, deputy secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services’ Office of Medical Assistance Programs, has been named to the board of the National Association of Medicaid Directors.

NAMD is a bipartisan, nonprofit organization that represents leaders of state Medicaid agencies across the U.S.

“In her daily work, Leesa is devoted to making quality health care services accessible to all Pennsylvanians,” says Teresa Miller, acting secretary of the Department of Human Services. “I am thrilled that she will be able to utilize her expertise and passion to help further shape the future of Medical Assistance in America.”

Allen oversees Pennsylvania’s Medicaid program, which provides health care coverage to more than 2.8 million people statewide, including older adults, children, families, people living on low incomes, and people with disabilities.

NAMD members voted Allen in to fulfill a remaining 16-month term when a seat representing the East region recently became vacant.

“Medicaid is one of our nation’s most vital health care safety net programs,” said Miller. “It’s valuable to have Leesa on the board of directors to ensure her voice will help influence important and timely health care issues.”

Allen is one of two East Region representatives, along with Dan Tsai of Massachusetts. The East Region includes Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, and West Virginia.

To learn more about the National Association of Medicaid Directors, go to www.medicaiddirectors.org. For more from the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services, visit www.dhs.pa.gov.

MEDIA CONTACT: Kait Gillis, DHS: - 717.425.7606

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