Izanne Leonard-Haak, MPA
Izanne Leonard-Haak has close to 40 years of experience in Medicaid at the state and federal levels.
From 2010 to 2011, Izanne was acting deputy secretary of the Pennsylvania Office of Medical Assistance Programs, the state’s $18 billion Medicaid program serving 2.2 million low-income consumers. She oversaw the mandatory managed care program, HealthChoices, which provided health care for more than 1.2 million Pennsylvanian’s in 25 urban or near urban counties as well as the enhanced primary care case management program, ACCESS Plus, which provided care for 370,000 individuals in 42 rural Pennsylvania counties.
During her 30-year career with the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare, Izanne held numerous senior level positions including COO, chief of staff and director of managed care development for the Medicaid program. She has been responsible for Medicaid budgeting, cost containment identification and implementation, and new initiative project management. Izanne was the project manager for the procurement, contracting, and consumer and provider outreach for the implementation of mandatory managed care. At one time, she managed the 67 county assistance offices where Medicaid, food stamp, cash assistance and energy assistance eligibility were determined.
Earlier in her career, Izanne was project manager for the design, development and implementation of the legacy Medicaid claims processing and management information system (MMIS) and client information system (CIS).
Prior to coming to Pennsylvania, Izanne worked in Washington, D.C., as part of what is now the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), as a member of the original MMIS systems requirements team and as supervisor of nursing home utilization control.
She received her master’s degree in public administration from Southern Illinois University and bachelor’s degree from Immaculata University of Pennsylvania.
Since joining HMA, Izanne has focused on advising clients on Medicaid managed care program business development and implementation, RFP response strategies, electronic health records (EHR) adoption and the impact of Health Care Reform on Medicaid program operations.