State Medicaid Director
Marie Zimmerman currently serves as the State Medicaid Director at the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS). Marie oversees programwide Medicaid policy development and implementation across the administrations at DHS including Health Care, Chemical and Mental Health, and Continuing Care. Marie directly oversees the department’s policy and operations of federal relations, managed care contracting, rate-setting, benefits policy, new delivery and purchasing strategies including the state’s ACO demonstration, behavioral health homes, and the implementation of the state’s State Innovation Model (SIM) grant activities.
Prior to her role as Medicaid director, Marie served in several positions at DHS, including policy director, where she lead the development and launch of the department’s new purchasing reform initiatives including direct provider contracting under a new ACO demonstration, integrated managed care products for seniors and people with disabilities including Minnesota’s duals demonstration, and served as Minnesota's project director for its SIM grant. Prior to her role as policy director, Marie served as the deputy director of DHS' Medicaid managed care purchasing division and as the budget and legislative director for the Health Care Administration. Marie also worked in Minnesota's state legislature for six years as a fiscal analyst on health and human services and tax issues.
Marie has a bachelor’s degree in economics and political science from the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota and master’s in public policy from the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs.