Donna Frescatore

New York

Medicaid Director and Deputy Commissioner (2010-2012)


Donna Frescatore served as New York State’s Medicaid director and deputy commissioner of the Department’s Office of Health Insurance Program from 2010-2012. In this role, she was responsible for the New York Medicaid, Family Health Plus, Child Health Plus and EPIC programs and for regulating managed care plans.

From May 2007 until December 2009, Ms. Frescatore served as the deputy director of the Office of Health Insurance Programs, reporting to the deputy commissioner and State Medicaid director. In this position, she implemented public health insurance reforms that expanded coverage, rationalized reimbursement and improved quality of care for program participants.

Ms. Frescatore joined the New York State Department of Health in 1998 as director of Managed Care Financing, responsible for rate setting for the Medicaid managed care program and monitoring the financial solvency of managed care organizations. In 2001, she was named deputy director of the Office of Managed Care, where her responsibilities broadened to include planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluating the state’s Medicaid managed care program.

Ms. Frescatore began her state service in the New York State Department of Civil Service Employee Benefits Division, where she worked for 17 years, first as an auditor. She then progressed to senior management positions responsible for overseeing the design and administration of health benefits for the over one million state and local government employees and retirees participating in the New York State Health Insurance Program.

Leadership Project

Gathered input from the state's partners, including its Rethinking Care Program's Chronic Illness Demonstration Project and sister agencies such as mental health, to develop a health home program model for presentation to CMS.