Andrew Allison


Medicaid Director (2011-2014)


Andrew Allison, PhD, served as the Arkansas Medicaid director from 2011 to 2014. Prior to his post in Arkansas, he served as the director of the Division of Health Care Finance within the Kansas Department of Health and Environment and as the executive director of the Kansas Health Policy Authority with responsibility for Kansas’ Medicaid program, CHIP, the Kansas state employee health plan, and the state’s growing health care and health insurance databases. He is a founding board member of the National Association of Medicaid Directors, and currently serves as its president. He spent six years at the Kansas Health Institute as a researcher, focusing on health care and health insurance policy in Kansas. He worked as a Medicaid budget analyst at the Office of Management and Budget in Washington, D.C., from 1992-95, providing staff analysis of health reform legislation and reviewing statewide Medicaid waiver applications. He has a bachelor's degree in history from Ouachita Baptist University, a master's degree in public policy from Duke University, and a doctorate in economics from Vanderbilt University.

Leadership Project

Develop a strategy for transforming the Medicaid agency and expanding its capacity to support and implement a comprehensive set of new provider payment models through the Arkansas Payment Improvement Initiative.