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Mayor Gray Appoints Experienced Health-Care-Finance Expert to Medicaid Director Position

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(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – Mayor Vincent C. Gray announced today that he was appointing Dr. Linda Elam as Medicaid Director in the Department of Health Care Finance (DHCF). She currently serves as Director of DHCF’s Health Care Policy and Planning Administration.

“Dr. Elam’s experience in public health and Medicaid-related issues will serve her quite well in administering the District’s Medicaid program through the Department of Health Care Finance,” said Mayor Gray. “Our Medicaid program is one of the District’s most vital services, and I expect Dr. Elam to direct it competently and efficiently.”

In her most recent position, she has overseen policy, eligibility, rate setting and data analytics for DHCF, which administers the District’s Medicaid program, State Child Health Insurance Program (S-CHIP), Immigrant Children’s Insurance program and Medical Charities.

From 1998 to 2008, Dr. Elam served as a policy analyst with the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, coordinating projects for the Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured, an institute and forum that analyzes health-care coverage and access for low-income populations and assesses options for reform.

Dr. Elam earned her Ph.D. in health and social policy from the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health. She earned a master’s degree in public health from the University of California at Berkeley and a B.S. in zoology from Howard University. She will be moving from Maryland to the District.