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GAO Appoints New MACPAC Chair, Commissioners

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) has appointed a new chair and five new members to the Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission (MACPAC). MACPAC was established to review Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) access and payment policies and advise Congress.

Penny Thompson, MPA, principal at Penny Thompson Consulting LLC and former deputy director of the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services, was named MACPAC chair.

The five new members are:

  • Martha Carter, DHSc, MBA, CEO of FamilyCare Health Centers in West Virginia;
  • Frederick Cerise, MD, MPH, president and CEO of Parkland Health and Hospital System, an association member;
  • Kisha Davis, MD, MPH, a physician at the Casey Health Institute in Maryland and program manager at the Center for Applied Research in Philadelphia;
  • Darin Gordon, president and CEO of Gordon & Associates in Tennessee and former director of Medicaid and CHIP in Tennessee; and
  • William Scanlon, PhD, a consultant with West Health Institute and former managing director of health care issues at GAO.

Contact Director of Policy Erin O’Malley at or 202.585.0127 with questions.


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