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On Monday, January 7th, the Trump Administration announced that Mary Mayhew, former Maine health commissioner under Governor Paul LePage, will be stepping down from her current leadership post at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Ms. Mayhew, who was appointed in October 2018 to serve as Deputy Administrator and Director for the Center for Medicaid & Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Services, is leaving to run Florida’s health department under the state’s newly elected Governor Ron DeSantis.

Chris Traylor will be filling the position vacated by Ms. Mayhew, serving as Acting Director for the Center for Medicaid & CHIP Services. Mr. Traylor joined CMS as a Deputy Administrator in July 2018. Prior to CMS, he was a long-time Texas health official. Mr. Traylor previously led the Texas Health and Human Services Commission, the Texas Medicaid program, and the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services. He retired in 2016 and started a health care consulting firm.

NACHC is monitoring CMS leadership developments and will continue to engage with the Administration on policy issues important to health centers and the communities they serve. We encourage you to reach out to us at to share your questions about Medicaid and CHIP.