Thought Leader, New Marketplace

Anya Rader Wallack, PhD

Former Medicaid Director
State of Rhode Island


Anya Rader Wallack was appointed Medicaid Director for Rhode Island in October 2015. She previously served as Director of HealthSourceRI, Rhode Island’s health insurance exchange.

A native Vermonter, Anya has lived in Rhode Island for the past 16 years.  Prior to taking the position with HealthSource, she ran her own health policy consulting firm, Arrowhead Health Analytics. Her consulting focus was state and federal health policy, including Medicaid policy, the effect of national health reform on states, and health care payment and delivery system reform. Her clients have included Governor Peter Shumlin of Vermont, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health, Fletcher Allen Health Care, the Universal Health Care Foundation of Connecticut, and the National Academy for State Health Policy.

Anya served as Chair of Vermont’s Green Mountain Care Board from 2011–2013. The Board oversees cost control and provider payment innovation in Vermont. She also served from 2013–2014 as Chair of the Vermont State Innovation Model (SIM) governing board.

Anya served previously as interim President of the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation and Executive Director of the Massachusetts Medicaid Policy Institute. She served from 1991–1994 as Policy Director and then Deputy Chief of Staff for Vermont Governor Howard Dean, MD. She represented Governor Dean on First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton’s Health Care Task Force in 1993. From 1995–1998 she ran the Vermont Program for Quality in Health Care, a quasi-governmental agency that specializes in quality measurement and improvement at the state level.

Anya is a former member of the Vermont Board of Medical Practice and the Massachusetts Health Care Quality and Cost Council. She currently serves on the Executive Committee of the National Academy for State Health Policy.

Anya has a PhD in Social Policy from the Heller School at Brandeis University.

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