Medicaid gets new acting director: 5 things to know

Chris Traylor is the new acting deputy administrator and director of the Center for Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance Program Services, according to

Five things to know:

1. Mr. Traylor replaces Mary Mayhew, who resigned after three months on the job, the agency said Jan. 4. She accepted a position with Florida's Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis.

2. Before being appointed to lead operations for Medicaid and CHIP, Mr. Traylor served as deputy administrator for strategy at CMS.

3. In May 2016, he retired as executive commissioner of the Texas Health and Human Services Commission. Mr. Traylor previously served as the chief deputy executive commissioner of HHSC in Texas, and also was commissioner of the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services from January 2010 to August 2012.

4. Before that, he was Texas state Medicaid director for more than three years.

5. Mr. Traylor has 26 years of experience in public service. After retiring from state service, he led an Austin, Texas-based healthcare consulting firm.

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