Kate Massey

by Jasmine Phiri

August 7, 2019

Senior Deputy Director, Medical Services Administration and Medicaid Director, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services

Kate Massey is senior deputy director for the Medical Services Administration with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS). In this role, she also serves as Michigan’s Medicaid director overseeing several health care programs, including MIChild and the Healthy Michigan Plan.

Massey has nearly 20 years of operational and policy expertise in Medicaid, Medicare, the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and private market health insurance. She most recently served as chief executive officer for Magellan Complete Care of Virginia; prior to that she served as vice president for Medicaid and Medicare for Kaiser Permanente of the Mid-Atlantic States, overseeing the launch of two Medicaid managed care organizations in Virginia and Maryland. She also has worked for Amerigroup, where she established its Public Policy Institute and served as executive director.

She began her career in public service working for the federal Office of Management and Budget, leading a team focused on Medicaid, CHIP and private health insurance market programs. Later, she worked at the White House Office of Health Reform, overseeing implementation of provisions in the Affordable Care Act related to Medicaid, Medicare and public health, and she served as unit chief of the Low-Income Health Programs and Prescription Drugs Unit in the Congressional Budget Office.

She has a master’s degree in public affairs from the Lyndon B. Johnson College of Public Policy at the University of Texas at Austin and a bachelor’s degree from Bard College in New York.