The Medicaid Leadership Institute learning opportunity is enormous. With over 18 years’ experience in the Medicaid program, I was at first skeptical that I would benefit from the program, but my professional knowledge and my leadership and communication skills have expanded greatly as a result of the experience. If you’re accepted, you won’t be disappointed.
We are proud to support the professional development of these dedicated leaders whose work will be increasingly in the spotlight as Medicaid takes on an expanded responsibility for insuring Americans.
Stephen Fitton is director of Michigan’s Medicaid program, overseeing management of programs providing care for nearly 1.9 million state citizens with a budget in excess of $12 billion and a full-time staff of 400. He has held the position since January 2009.
Mr. Fitton has extensive experience in Medicaid and state government, having served for over 40 years for the state of Michigan. Prior to becoming Michigan’s Medicaid director, from 2003-2008 he was director of the state’s Bureau of Medicaid Policy and Actuarial Services. In this role, he oversaw Medicaid policy and critical rate-setting and financial analysis functions and played a lead role in developing federal waivers, including Michigan First, Governor Granholm’s initial plan to expand health care coverage in Michigan.
From 1997-2003, he was director of the Actuarial Division for the Michigan Department of Community Health, overseeing all actuarial and rate-setting functions for Medicaid and other health purchasing programs, such as Children’s Special Health Care Services and the State Medical Program. Between 1977-1997, he held positions of progressively increasing responsibility for Michigan’s Division of Children’s Special Health Care Services, eventually becoming acting division director and focusing particularly on quality and consumer participation.
He has completed graduate coursework in public administration and research and evaluation and has a bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University, where he graduated with high honors.
Expand coverage and access to engaged consumers, emphasizing healthy and responsible choices.