AUSTIN – Health and Human Services Executive Commissioner Charles Smith announced today Stephanie Muth will be the next State Medicaid director. She will oversee the Medicaid/CHIP Services division, which is the hub for the Texas Medicaid program. She will begin her new role on Nov. 27.
“Stephanie is an innovative leader in the human services arena who will continue to transform the state’s Medicaid program,” Commissioner Smith said. “Stephanie is a true public servant who will ensure the state Medicaid program keeps Texans healthy and at the same time is responsible with Texas tax dollars. She has managed major procurements, improved contract oversight and earned a reputation for operational excellence. In this new position, Stephanie will build on her record of results.”
Muth, who has served HHSC for the past 13 years, is currently the deputy executive commissioner for transformation, which is responsible for reorganizing health and human services agencies to improve client experiences and increase efficiencies.
“I’m honored to lead a program that is critical to the health and well-being of so many Texans,” Muth said. “It is exciting to take on this role at such a vital time for the future of Medicaid in Texas. Medicaid faces great challenges but it comes with great opportunities to serve Texans who need our help as well as protect the interest of our taxpayers who fund the program.”
Muth previously served as deputy executive commissioner of the Office of Social Services, where she oversaw approximately 9,000 employees and the eligibility services for the Medicaid, CHIP, SNAP and TANF programs. She also served as the agency’s chief of staff and for six years as the director of external relations, where she oversaw the divisions of government relations and stakeholder relations.
She has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida and a master’s degree in public affairs from The University of Texas at Austin.