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Sellers Dorsey

Senior Vice President

Gary Jessee

Gary serves as Managing Director of Sellers Dorsey’s National Medicaid Consulting Practice. Since 2017, he has led the practice’s tremendous growth through business development and overseeing successful client engagements. As a former Medicaid Director, Gary leverages his extensive experience with Medicaid managed care, long-term services and supports, Medicaid market advisory and research, and health care policy to design and implement creative solutions for clients such as state aging and Medicaid agencies, managed care organizations (MCOs), private equity firms, and solutions partners. In his previous roles, Gary led managed care implementations and MCO oversight, and thus understands the operational challenges for both MCOs and providers. His more than 20 years of experience in state service and Medicaid has provided him with unique insight into health and human services programs, legislation and regulations impacting Medicaid, and health care operations. Gary is recognized as a national thought leader on health care trends and best practices and continues to attract peer professionals due to his longstanding relationships within the industry to join Sellers Dorsey’s growing consulting practice.

 

Gary is the former Deputy Executive Commissioner for Medical and Social Services, the largest division in the Texas Health and Human Services System. In that position, Gary oversaw four departments and a $50 billion budget, bringing together eligibility services, Medicaid/CHIP services and functions, and community programs under one coordinated division. Prior to this, Gary served as the Texas State Medicaid Director where he oversaw services and supports for more than four million Texans across the state. In this role, he was responsible for managing both the State’s fee-for-service program and led the State’s expansion of Medicaid managed care. This included stakeholder coordination, contracting, readiness, ongoing contract oversight, and data analytics and performance data. Additional responsibilities included negotiating and overseeing the Texas 1115 waiver including the Delivery System Reform Improvement Projects. Gary also previously served as the Chief Deputy Director for Program Operations in the Medicaid/CHIP Division. Before joining Texas Health and Human Services Commission, Gary served as Assistant Commissioner for the Access and Intake Division at the Department of Aging and Disability Services where he oversaw services and supports for older individuals, individuals with intellectual, developmental disabilities, and individuals with behavioral health needs.

Since 2015 as president and chief executive officer, Chris has transformed Commonwealth Care Alliance® into a nationally leading $2 billion health system, which has consistently provided improved health and quality outcomes to its customer base. Chris is also the founder of Winter Street Ventures®, Commonwealth Care Alliance’s start-up accelerator and venture investment subsidiary, and launched a business, called instED®, that provides in-home emergency department services.

Prior to joining Commonwealth Care Alliance, Chris served as CEO of Remedy Partners, a national bundled payment company, headquartered in Darien, Connecticut. Chris also served as president and CEO of Visiting Nurse Service of New York CHOICE Health Plans, successfully launching a $2 billion safety-net insurance company offering both Medicare Advantage and Medicaid Managed Care products. Additionally, Chris has held senior positions with Amerigroup Corporation, Metropolitan Jewish Health System, and Faxton-St. Luke’s Health Care/Mohawk Valley Network.

Chris is currently chair of the Association for Community Affiliated Plans (ACAP), a national trade association representing 67 nonprofit health plans in 28 states, and chair of the National Managed Long-Term Services and Supports (MLTSS) Association, a consortium of leading managed care organizations serving state Medicaid programs and beneficiaries. Chris is also a member of the Ithaca College Board of Trustees.