Tom Dehner, JD
Tom Dehner works with states, health plans, providers and foundations, focusing on health reform implementation, Medicaid policy and operations, and strategic planning.
Before joining HMA, Tom was director of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Medicaid program, known as MassHealth, overseeing a health insurance program covering 1.1 million members, a $9 billion budget and a workforce of more than 800 people. He led federal approval and implementation of the Medicaid-related components of the Massachusetts health care reform law. He implemented the Children’s Behavioral Health Initiative, incorporating a wrap-around process model to restructure services and care coordination supports for children with serious emotional disturbances. He managed the development of a new enterprise-wide, state-of-the-art claims payment system. He was also a member of the Council of the Massachusetts e-Health Institute, a public corporation created to advance the dissemination of health information technology across the Commonwealth.
In addition to his duties as Medicaid director, Tom sat on the board for the Commonwealth Health Insurance Connector, the public entity charged with facilitating health care reform and making affordable health insurance available to all Massachusetts residents.
Tom has served on the executive committee of the National Association of State Medicaid Directors, the board of directors of the Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program and on the advisory committee of the Massachusetts Medicaid Policy Institute.
He earned his law degree from Northeastern University School of Law and his bachelor’s degree from DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana.
Tom was raised in Indiana. For this reason, he has a sweet jump shot.