Jennifer Vermeer


Medicaid Director (2008-2014)


Jennifer Vermeer was Medicaid director for the Iowa Department of Human Services from 2008 to 2014. Prior to being named director, she served as the assistant Medicaid director for three years. Before her work with Medicaid she was a senior analyst for the non-partisan Iowa Legislative Service Agency, specializing in Medicaid and other Department of Human Service programs. 

As Medicaid director, Ms. Vermeer managed Iowa’s $3 billion Medicaid program serving over 450,000 Iowans. She led Iowa Medicaid undertaking a variety of new endeavors including implementation of the medical home model (a team approach to patient-centered care), expanded access to IowaCare program, implementation of the Affordable Care Act, and modernization of the 30-year-old Medicaid Management Information System. In 2011, Vermeer was awarded the “Underserved Champion of the Year Award” by the Iowa Nebraska Primary Health Care Association, now known as the Iowa Primary Care Association.

Previous to joining the Iowa Department of Human Services in 2002, Ms. Vermeer served for seven years at the Joint Legislative Budget Committee in the Arizona Legislature, the last three years as deputy director. She earned her master’s in public administration from the University of Arizona.

Leadership Project

Develop health home model for integrating behavioral health and physical health.  Align with the SAMSHA Systems of Care approach for children with SED.