OKD, Oklahoma — Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin today appointed Dr. David A. Batson as the state’s new director of Medicaid for the District of Columbia, filling a key role in helping the state expand Medicaid coverage to more than 6 million low-income residents in the nation’s capital.
The appointment was made by Gov.
Mary Fallins acting health and human services secretary, David Batson.
Batson was previously director of the Office of Medicaid Management and the Health Care Administration.
The appointment comes less than a month after he became the first U.S. dentist to serve as the executive director of an agency that oversees Medicaid expansion in the United States.
The role of the new Medicaid administrator is to oversee Medicaid operations in the District, a key federal-state partnership to expand coverage to the District.
It’s a role that falls under the jurisdiction of the Department of Health and Human Services, or DHHS.
Under the Medicaid expansion, D.C. residents are eligible for coverage starting in 2022, with the program’s first phase of coverage beginning in 2024.
That phase includes a three-year cap on payments to dental providers in D.O.C., which means coverage will continue until 2032.
The District of Washington, D., has long relied on the state-run Medicaid program to pay for its health care.
But the state has struggled with chronic wait times for dental care and has also been plagued by Medicaid coverage problems.