Margaret Tatar has more than 25 years of public and private sector experience in managed care program and policy development, health policy, program development, advocacy, and government/legislative affairs.
She has a strong track record in managed care plan leadership, leading large-scale managed care initiatives and multi-disciplinary teams in complex operating environments while fostering professional development and mentoring staff. She has served in the federal government’s Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA), the executive and legislative branches in Colorado and California, and a key leadership position with CalOptima, a large public health plan in California.
In her most recent position as Acting Deputy Director, Delivery Systems, in California’s Department of Health Care Services (DHCS), she was responsible for the network of 23 contracted health plans that deliver health care services to over 9 million Californians. She was also responsible for the Long Term Care Division and California’s Children Services (CCS) program. During her tenure at DHCS, she oversaw a significant expansion of managed care as the primary delivery system for California’s Medicaid program (Medi-Cal). She also served as the operational lead for the design, development, and implementation of Cal MediConnect, California’s Duals Demonstration program.
Margaret earned her undergraduate degree in Latin at Bryn Mawr College in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, and her law degree at Villanova University School of Law in Villanova, Pennsylvania.
A native of Washington, D.C., she and her husband live in Carmichael, California, where they spend most of their free time renovating their home and taking trips with their beloved Labradors.