As the CEOs of the largest health insurers in their states, Medicaid directors are positioned to influence the delivery of higher-quality, more cost-effective services
across the health care system.

This profile details the leadership role of New Jersey’s Medicaid director Valerie Harr in rethinking how care is organized for the state’s Medicaid beneficiaries. It also describes the Medicaid Leadership Institute, a unique fellowship program designed to enhance the leadership capacity of Medicaid directors to maximize the potential of publicly financed health care. The profile is part of a series produced by the Medicaid Leadership Institute through support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.