Governor-elect Ron DeSantis Selects Mary Mayhew as Secretary of The Florida Agency for Health Care Administration

Tallahassee, Fla. – Governor-elect Ron DeSantis today announced former Maine Commissioner of Health and Human Services, Mary Mayhew, will serve as Secretary of the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) for the DeSantis-Nuñez Administration.  

“With decades of experience and service throughout various leadership roles in both the private and public sectors, Mary Mayhew is a proven innovator and an effective leader in the field of health care,” said Governor-elect Ron DeSantis. “Mary will be an outstanding Secretary who will bring bold and tested leadership to the Agency.”

Mary Mayhew, Secretary of the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration
Mary Mayhew currently serves as Deputy Administrator and Director of the Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services, where she is responsible for the management of the $375 billion federal Medicaid program serving over 74 million individuals. In that role, she has lead national Medicaid and CHIP policy and program operations and supporting federal efforts to provide states with greater flexibility while increasing accountability for improved health outcomes, effective pathways out of poverty and prudent use of taxpayer resources.

Mayhew previously served as Commissioner of the Maine Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) where she implemented innovative reforms to the agency, including transforming Medicaid’s transactional focus to an organizational structure focused on value, cost-effectiveness, and health system improvement, increasing focus on program integrity and fraud investigations and implementing a federal grant review process to strategically prioritize grant requests and to evaluate program accountability, among other accomplishments.

While serving in this role, Mayhew was awarded the Freedom & Opportunity Award from the Maine Heritage Policy Center, and the Economic Freedom Award from Americans for Prosperity for her accomplishments as Commissioner of Health and Human Services.