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Innovation is the hallmark of Steve Fitton’s 40-plus years of public sector health policy experience.
Steve has extensive expertise in Medicaid financing, federal waivers and reinventing healthcare delivery systems. As Michigan’s Medicaid director, he oversaw a budget of more than $15 billion with programs that served over two million residents. Steve played a key leadership role in the approval and implementation of the Healthy Michigan program, the state’s expansion of Medicaid.
Steve led the creation and implementation of several Medicaid programs and initiatives to improve access and quality of care while increasing efficiencies and lowering costs. He initiated Michigan’s dual-eligibles demonstration program, played a prominent role in multiple stakeholder forums, and oversaw each phase of development. His leadership spurred such initiatives as the extension of managed care to special populations, numerous quality improvement efforts, implementation of a new MMIS system which is now becoming available to the State of Illinois Medicaid program, and expansion of the Healthy Kids Dental program.
During his career, Steve has served in multiple leadership roles for Michigan’s Medicaid program. As director of the state’s Bureau of Medicaid Policy and Actuarial Services, he oversaw Medicaid policy and critical rate setting and financial analysis functions and played a lead role in developing federal waivers, negotiating the state plan and managing the state-federal relationship. As director of the department’s actuarial division, he oversaw all actuarial and rate-setting functions for Medicaid and other programs, such as Children’s Special Health Care Services and the State Medical Program, as well as provider tax and intergovernmental transfer programs.
Steve worked 20 years in Michigan’s Children’s Special Health Care Services program which arranged and paid for health care services to over 20,000 children with special health care needs each year. The program maintained an unwavering commitment to quality and consumer participation. During this period, Steve helped formulate a plan for a specially designed managed care program for special needs children. This resulted in boutique HMOs which became operational. This experience in maternal and child health equips Steve to be a bridge between it, public health and Medicaid with an understanding of each of those often completely separate worlds.
He earned his bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University and has completed graduate coursework in public administration and research and evaluation.
Steve loves sports, reading and traveling, but what he now enjoys more than anything is hanging out with his four granddaughters who are way too much fun.