State Medicaid Director David Godfrey is stepping down from his post effective September 14. Godfrey has accepted a position as deputy director of health for Hennepin County.
Department of Human Services Assistant Commissioner Scott Leitz announced the resignation in a letter to agency employees on Wednesday. The announcement comes just days after completion of a comprehensive review of the state’s Medicaid program and proposed changes that are expected to save the state as much as $151 million over the next five years.
“During his time at DHS, David has moved critical work forward on key Medicaid issues, including the comprehensive Reform 2020 waiver proposal that we recently submitted to the federal government for approval,” Leitz wrote. “In addition, David was instrumental in renewal of the PMAP+ waiver to obtain Medicaid funding for adults without children in MinnesotaCare, preserving health coverage for these low-income individuals. David’s leadership on these issues will be missed.”
DHS officials have begun a search for a new Medicaid Director. Leitz will fill the post in the interim.
Godfrey will join former DFL Sen. Linda Berglin at Hennepin County. He served as fiscal analyst for the Senate Health and Human Services Budget Division when Berglin was chair.
The state’s roughly $8 billion-per-year Medicaid program has been under intense scrutiny in recent months. Multiple federal investigations have been looking into how the state has traditionally set its rates and sought federal matching funds for the program.