Disappointing news today out of AHCCCS. Director Snyder announced that she’ll be leaving AHCCCS at the end of the year. I’ve been a state government aficionado for many years, and Jami is the best and most thoughtful AHCCCS Director in a long time.
As we have all observed and can attest to, most state agencies have been starved for talent in the agency director position. Not so at AHCCCS, where Jami has been a shining star among Ducey appointees.
We thank Jami for her service & leadership over the last 4 years even as we remain disappointed that she won’t be here when the next administration begins 100 days from now.
Below is the letter Director Snyder addressed to stakeholders earlier today:
Dear Stakeholder Partners –
I am writing today to let you know that I will be leaving AHCCCS at the end of the year.
I’ve been honored to serve as the director of AHCCCS for the last four years. During that time, your partnership and advocacy have been essential to our success in spearheading delivery system transformation, navigating through the COVID-19 pandemic, and advancing the agency’s nationally recognized work related to whole person care. I am incredibly proud of what we have accomplished together.
As you know, we have an outstanding team at AHCCCS. I will be working with them over the next three months to ensure a smooth transition, including beginning to lay the groundwork for the exciting initiatives outlined in our 1115 demonstration waiver currently under review with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and slated for approval in October.
Again, thank you for your guidance and unwavering support over my tenure. It has served as the foundation of our continued progress as a Medicaid program and as a tremendous source of strength for me personally.