Alumnus Heads Kentucky Health, Family Services
Submitted on May 24, 2018
A 2005 alumnus of Georgetown College has been appointed Secretary of the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS). The announcement of the appointment was made by Gov. Matt Bevin.
Adam Meier, who most recently served as Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy for Gov. Bevin, will lead policy and operations for the state’s largest cabinet, responsible for human services and healthcare programs. The cabinet oversees the adoption system, foster care, child welfare, Medicaid, food assistance, and hospital inspections, among others.
As Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy for Gov. Bevin, Meier focused on the formation of essential administration-wide health, workforce, and education policy initiatives, with an emphasis on improving technology and analytical capabilities to better measure policy outcomes.
“As Deputy Chief of Staff, Adam has shown an unwavering commitment to bettering the lives of Kentuckians by putting proactive and thoughtful public policy into action,” said Gov. Bevin. “For much of the past two years, he has been focused on healthcare policy in Kentucky, and his empathy for people, combined with his legal background and working knowledge of human services programs at the state and federal level, make him an ideal choice to lead this important cabinet. He is respected across the nation for his innovation and knowledge of healthcare policy, and he will be a tremendous asset to Kentucky in his new role. ”
In his capacity as Deputy Chief of Staff, Meier was responsible for overseeing Kentucky’s innovative 1115 Medicaid waiver application (Kentucky HEALTH), which was the first in the nation to gain approval from the federal government. Since the waiver was approved in January, he has continued to work with the 1115 implementation team on plans for the rollout of the Kentucky HEALTH program across the state, according to a press release. Meier led the closure of Kynect and the switch to using Healthcare.gov, the federal individual market exchange.
“CHFS has the opportunity to fundamentally transform the lives of so many vulnerable Kentuckians in a positive way,” said Meier. “With the innovative changes coming with the Kentucky HEALTH waiver and the increased financial resources and legislative support for improving Kentucky’s child welfare, foster care, and adoption systems, I am honored and humbled at the responsibility Gov. Bevin has entrusted me with to lead the cabinet at this pivotal time.”
Meier is regarded as a national expert on workforce issues and recently testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Development on strengthening the alignment of workforce supports and outcomes in human service programs. As co-chair of Kentucky’s Work Matters Task Force, he led a 23-member team in developing policy recommendations to address barriers to employment among five key populations in the Commonwealth—individuals with disabilities, veterans, foster youth, individuals with criminal records, and individuals suffering from substance use disorders.
Meier is an attorney and previously worked as a senior contracting officer for the federal government. He lives with his wife and three children in Ft. Thomas, Kentucky, where he previously served as a member of the city council.