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Mary C. Mayhew, Secretary of the Agency for Health Care Administration

About the Secretary

Secretary Mary C. Mayhew

Mary C. Mayhew

Mayhew currently serves as the Secretary for the Agency for Health Care Administration in Florida, and was appointed by Governor Ron DeSantis in January 2019. Most recently, Mayhew served as the deputy administrator and director of Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

Previously Mayhew was appointed by Governor Paul R. LePage in 2011 to be the Commissioner of the Department of Health and Human Services, Mayhew served more than six years at the helm of Maine’s largest state agency. She managed many of the state’s most vital programs, including MaineCare (Maine’s Medicaid program), Aging and Disability Services, Child Welfare, Adult Protective Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services, Food Stamps (SNAP), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), child support enforcement, agency licensure and public health.

As commissioner, Mayhew implemented innovative reforms in Maine’s Medicaid program, focused on improved care coordination and data-informed healthcare decision-making. Her agency accomplished this through investments in primary care and innovative care models designed to improve management of chronic diseases, integrate behavioral and physical health and reduce inappropriate use of healthcare services. This approach has led to many positive outcomes, including an increase in preventative screening, a 10-percent reduction in inappropriate emergency department use, and nearly 17 percent cost avoidance for members whose care is coordinated.

From June 2017 to June 2018, Mayhew was a candidate for Governor in Maine.

Prior to her appointment as Commissioner of Maine DHHS, Mayhew was the Senior Health Policy Advisor for the LePage Administration.

Before serving in the LePage Administration, Mayhew served for 11 years as vice president of the Maine Hospital Association. She was previously a partner in the public affairs firm of Hawkes & Mayhew, based in Augusta, and also served as a manager of state government relations for Equifax Corporation in Atlanta, Georgia. She was a legislative assistant in Washington, D.C. for Congressman William Alexander.

She has two sons, Cameron and Chance.