Pediatrician Named HHSC Medicaid Chief Medical Officer
By Sean Price

San Antonio pediatrician Ryan Van Ramshorst, MD, has been appointed chief medical officer for Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) within the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC).

Ramshorst_HHSCIn this new job, Dr. Van Ramshorst will help provide clinical oversight for Medicaid and CHIP programs in Texas. He also will help develop and carry out medical policies for these programs. 

HHSC accepted Texas Medical Association’s recommendation that the agency restructure the medical officer position to ensure physician input on the agency’s Medicaid and CHIP policies.

Dr. Van Ramshorst says he's excited about this new position, and he is grateful to colleagues and staff at TMA for mentoring him on Medicaid policy and advocacy. 

"I have been working with Medicaid-CHIP policy since I was a medical student and have sought to educate myself and others about its importance," he said. "Working with Medicaid-CHIP is personal to me, as upwards of 80 percent of my patients are insured with Medicaid or CHIP."

Dr. Van Ramshorst — who is chair of TMA’s Select Committee on Medicaid, CHIP, and the Uninsured — will begin work at HHSC by late February. 

Last Updated On

January 15, 2019

Originally Published On

January 15, 2019

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Sean Price is a reporter for Texas Medicine and Texas Medicine Today. He grew up in Fort Worth and graduated from the University of Texas at Austin. He's worked as an award-winning writer and editor for a variety of national magazine, book, and website publishers in New York and Washington. He's also helped produce Texas-based marketing campaigns designed to promote public health. Sean lives in Austin and enjoys hiking, photography, and spending time with his wife and two sons.

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