Nevadans to benefit from new appointment to national board

Carson City March 31, 2022

Suzanne Bierman, Administrator of the Nevada Division of Health Care Financing and Policy, has been elected to serve on the Board for the National Association of Medicaid Directors (NAMD). The Association works as a bridge between the federal regulatory agency, Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), and Medicaid Directors who implement and are impacted by CMS regulations.

“Having a voice at the national level is invaluable for Nevada and there is no better representative for our state than Suzanne,” said Department of Health and Human Services Director Richard Whitley. “This appointment will help DHHS in our efforts to improve health outcomes for all Nevadans.”
Administrator Bierman will represent the Western Region starting April 1, 2022.

“This provides an unprecedented opportunity to learn from other states and enhanced opportunities to connect and partner with the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services,” Administrator Bierman said. “I think this will be valuable both personally and for the information I can bring back to Nevada.”

NAMD represents, elevates, and supports state and territorial Medicaid leaders to deliver high value services to millions of people served by Medicaid and CHIP to achieve their best health and thrive. The 14 members of the Board of Directors are elected by their peers to lead the Association’s efforts to drive major innovations in health care policy nation-wide, which translates to improved health outcomes for Nevadans. Medicaid is one of the nation’s most vital and complex health care safety net programs, currently covering more than 879,000 Nevadans.

“We are very grateful to this group of Directors who are giving their time, talent, and expertise to NAMD,” wrote Matt Salo, Executive Director of NAMD. “Their leadership will ensure that NAMD supports all Medicaid Directors in running the nation’s most important social program, particularly as we look to fully embrace a post-pandemic world and all that entails.”

Prior to Nevada Medicaid, Administrator Bierman served as the Director of Health Policy for the Guinn Center for Policy Priorities in Las Vegas and Assistant Director, Division of Medical Services (Medicaid) for the Arkansas Department of Human Services. She earned her Juris Doctorate and Master of Public Health degrees from the University of Arkansas while working in dual roles as a Legislative Analyst and a Law Clerk for the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Office of General Counsel. Administrator Bierman has completed the Henry Toll Fellowship Program, Council of State Governments, and the American Society on Aging’s Leadership Academy Program and was a fellow of the Medicaid Leadership Institute, Class of 2020.


Ky Plaskon
Public Information Officer, Division of Health Care Financing and Policy