MN Community Measurement is pleased to announce Marie Zimmerman has joined the Board of Directors.
Zimmerman has devoted more than a decade to public-sector health care in Minnesota, spearheading critical reforms and innovations that have been watched and emulated nationally. Appointed Minnesota’s Medicaid Director in 2014, Marie oversees the strategic policy direction and the core business functions of Medicaid and the Basic Health Program (BHP), called MinnesotaCare. The combined budgets of Medicaid and MinnesotaCare topped $11.5 billion in 2016 and provide health coverage to one in five Minnesotans, delivering health care, behavioral health services and long-term services and supports to more than one million people.
During Zimmerman’s tenure, the state has saved more than $1.5 billion through managed care reform and purchasing innovations. Savings include $213 million related to improved health outcomes for Medicaid enrollees through an accountable care model called Integrated Health Partnerships; a collaborative, patient-focused approach to delivering care while lowering cost. In addition, Zimmerman managed a successful Basic Health Program that provides affordable and comprehensive coverage for lower-income Minnesotans who do not qualify for Medicaid. Prior to her service as Medicaid Director, she acted as health care policy director for the Minnesota Department of Human Services, where she led early efforts to reform health care purchasing for Medicaid, moving the state toward a pay-for-value model.
Zimmerman is a recipient of the Women in Health Care Leadership Award from Women’s Health Leadership TRUST. She serves on the boards of the National Academy for State Health Policy and the National Association of Medicaid Directors. She holds a Master of Public Policy degree from the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs and a bachelor’s degree in economics and political science from the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota.