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Mary Mayhew

Former Deputy Administrator & Director of Medicaid & the Children's Health Insurance Program (HHS)

Resigned: 1-4-2019

Who is Mary Mayhew?

Mary Mayhew resigned from her position at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) just a few months after she was appointed by President Trump. Before her brief stint with HHS, she served as Maine’s commissioner of Health and Human Services — where she spent years working to dismantle the state’s Medicaid program. At HHS, Mayhew was expected to take the same ax to the federal Medicaid program and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP).

[Mayhew] destroyed Medicaid in Maine. [Now], she will destroy it in the whole country.”

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What Mary Mayhew Briefly Controlled at HHS

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

CMS oversees Medicare, Medicaid, and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), providing health care for one in four Americans. CMS also is responsible for managing HealthCare.gov., as well as health care privacy and certain nationwide provider quality standards.

The Trump-Pence Administration’s Medicaid Policies

Planned Parenthood


Public Benefits for Immigrants

Background on Mary Mayhew

Blocking Medicaid Expansion in Maine

Mainers voted to expand Medicaid in the state — but Mary Mayhew still blocked it. Mayhew’s efforts kept 80,000 Mainers from accessing health care coverage they needed through Medicaid.

Press Herald
Opposing Abortion

Mayhew said that she’s vehemently anti-abortion and supports policy that restricts access to safe, legal abortion.

Bangor Daily News
Hurting Medicaid Means Hurting Women

Mayhew’s tactics would have endangered Medicaid coverage for millions of women — who make up a majority of adult Medicaid beneficiaries and who rely on Medicaid for birth control, maternity care, cancer screenings, long-term services, and other essential care.

Planned Parenthood Action: Health Care Equity
Making Mainers Sick — Literally

Mayhew’s efforts to restrict Medicaid in Maine coincided with severe negative health outcomes — including devastating consequences for women and families. During Mayhew’s tenure, Maine’s infant mortality rate skyrocketed, the percentage of uninsured children rose, and the state’s national health ranking dropped from 8th in the country to 23rd.

One of Many Appointees Set to Dismantle Their Own Programs

Mayhew’s appointment as the nation’s Medicaid director was part of the Trump-Pence administration's pattern of installing leaders dedicated to gutting the very programs they’re charged with overseeing.


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