The Board of Directors of the National Alliance for Medicaid in Education (NAME), at its January 2014 meeting, approved a contract to obtain Executive Director services with one of its Past Presidents, John Hill, effective April 1, 2014.  Mr. Hill is a founding member of NAME and has served as the Chair of its Governmental Affairs & Public Relations Committee since 2006.

The NAME organization, chartered in 2003, brings together professionals who have an interest in Medicaid reimbursement for medically related services and Medicaid outreach delivered in the nation’s public schools.  The organization’s 300-plus members include individuals from state agencies, local public schools, federal agencies, consultants, vendors, national and state professional organizations and advocates, with members from nearly every state. NAME promotes networking, provides pertinent and timely information to its members, and hosts educational webinars and an annual conference.

Mr. Hill’s career has focused on state and federal-level policy affecting individuals with disabilities.  He previously managed Indiana's Home & Community-Based Services Waiver for Persons with Developmental Disabilities and served as the Director of Indiana’s Bureau of Developmental Disabilities.  More recently, Hill worked for the Indiana Department of Education where his assignments included addressing racial/ ethnic disproportionality in special education and was the Department’s liaison with the state Medicaid agency to enhance Medicaid reimbursement to Indiana’s public schools for medically related education services and Medicaid outreach.  

Hill’s retirement, effective  March 31, 2014 from his current position as the Director of Policy, Planning and Program Development with the Division of Disability & Rehabilitation Services in Indiana’s Family and Social Services Administration, ends nearly 40 years of service with and for persons with disabilities. Hill has provided leadership to numerous boards and commissions including service as chair of the Indiana Commission of Rehabilitation Services on two occasions, president of the Jackson County Indiana ARC, and co-chair of the Covering Kids & Families Schools Committee.  He also served on the Indiana Governor’s Council for Persons with Disabilities, and the Boards of the Indiana School for the Blind & Visually Impaired and the Indiana School for the Deaf.

As NAME’s Executive Director, Hill will focus on enhancing the organization’s relationships with federal partners, state agency stakeholders, strategic partners, public school members, consultants, vendors, and others who have a vested interest in health care services in public education. He will also be fundraising to assure viability of the organization’s core services.

NAME President Mark Smith stated, “We are a volunteer organization and for years have considered ways to enhance our ability to support all our members. John Hill, as a founding member of NAME, knows how to stay true to our mission— to advocate for Medicaid program integrity in every school district— while bringing NAME to a new level that continues to build partnerships with like-minded organizations. He’s the right person at the right time for NAME.”

Hill indicated, "I am looking forward to assisting the organization in being more responsive to our members and strategic partners. Look for more details about the work of the incoming Executive Director on the NAME website, Facebook page and future issues of the NAMEtag newsletter. Hill can be reached at:  317-902-5446.