Steve Fitton has been the Director of Michigan's Medicaid program for 3 years. In this capacity, he oversees a health care program that serves 1.9 million of Michigan’s low income citizens. Medicaid arranges and pays for a broad range of health care services including physician, hospital, and long term care. The annual Medicaid budget is currently about $12 billion. For the 5 years, prior to becoming the Medicaid Director, Steve directed the Bureau of Medicaid Policy and Actuarial Services focusing on a range of policy and financing issues for the Medicaid program. Steve has worked in the area of health policy and budget in Michigan state government for nearly forty years. He began in Medicaid Policy in the early 1970’s but the majority of his prior experience was in the Children with Special Health Care Needs program. That experience was invaluable in a number of ways. It required an understanding of the health service delivery system and its financing, the public health perspective especially as it relates to prevention, and sensitivity to the challenges faced by families of children with special health needs.
Princeton Conference XIX: May 23, 2012