LINCOLN— Calder Lynch, director of the Division of Medicaid and Long-Term Care for the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), has been named to the Board of Directors for the National Association of Medicaid Directors (NAMD).
“Calder will serve as a tremendous voice for Nebraska and his peers in the region through this leadership role, and I congratulate him on this well-deserved honor,” said Courtney Phillips, chief executive officer of DHHS.
Lynch’s two-year term starts Jan. 1. He was selected by his regional colleagues as a representative for NAMD’s Midwestern region, which includes the states of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin.
“I am honored to serve on behalf of my colleagues across the Midwest and to ensure that both our region and Nebraska have a strong voice on important national policy discussions on how to improve the value of the Medicaid program,” said Lynch.
The National Association of Medicaid Directors (NAMD) is an independent, bipartisan, nonprofit, professional organization representing members who oversee Medicaid in each of the 50 states, District of Columbia and U.S. territories. The NAMD board has 12 elected members, including two representatives of each region in the U.S. and one representative from the U.S. Territories.
Lynch has served as Nebraska’s Medicaid director since his appointment by Governor Pete Ricketts in March 2015. He oversees the division responsible for the state unit on aging and the provision of health coverage to nearly 240,000 Nebraskans through Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program. He is responsible for an annual budget exceeding $2 billion and managing a division with nearly 600 employees.
Lynch earned his degree in Business Administration from Louisiana State University and his Masters in Health Administration (MSHA) from the University of Alabama-Birmingham (UAB).