Texas Medicaid Director, Jami Snyder, has announced she will be leaving HHS at the end of November to become the deputy director of the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System, Arizona’s state Medicaid agency.

“This was a very difficult decision, but I am extremely proud of what we have accomplished during my tenure as the Texas Medicaid director,” Snyder said. “I have been fortunate to work with an outstanding team and know they will continue to advance our strategic priorities in the years to come. I look forward to working collaboratively with my colleagues in Texas in my new role.”  

Snyder came to Texas a year ago to help lead its $29 billion Medicaid program, which serves more than 4.7 million people. She led the division through the system’s transformation, two managed care rollouts and most recently the response to Hurricane Harvey.

“Jami’s work has been outstanding. In a short span of time she made a major difference in her department and the lives of the Texans we serve,” HHS Executive Commissioner Charles Smith said. “Arizona is fortunate to have her vast knowledge and energy working for their Medicaid program. We all wish Jami the best.”

She will leave a Texas Medicaid division that’s become part of a larger Medical and Social Services division. She oversaw that transition, breaking down barriers and making it easier for Texans to find help across multiple programs.

Snyder came to HHSC in 2016 as deputy Medicaid director and then became director in August of that year as part of the HHS transformation. Before coming to Texas she was the chief operating officer for the University of Arizona Health Plans, a division of Banner Health. She has more than 19 years of experience in the public and private health care sectors. Snyder graduated from Gustavus Adolphus College with a Bachelor of Arts in political science and has a Master of Arts in political science from Arizona State University.