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Lawrence Kissner to resign as Medicaid Commissioner

Lisa Lee named as replacement effective Feb. 1

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Jan, 9, 2015) – Cabinet for Health and Family Services Secretary Audrey Tayse Haynes today announced that Lawrence Kissner has tendered his resignation as commissioner of the Kentucky Department for Medicaid Services to accept an out-of-state private sector position.

Lawrence Kissner

Haynes has appointed Deputy Commissioner Lisa Lee as the new Medicaid Commissioner. Kissner’s resignation and Lee’s appointment are effective Feb. 1.

Lee, a 23-year veteran of state government, is a graduate of Kentucky State University.

In addition to her tenure as Deputy Commissioner, she served as director of the Division of Provider Operations, overseeing a variety of Medicaid programs specifically aimed at improving the health of Kentucky children including the Kentucky Children’s Health Insurance Program (KCHIP), Early and Periodic Screening Diagnosis and Treatment Program (EPSDT), Health Access Nurturing and Development Services (HANDS), First Steps and school-based health services. For seven years she worked as the program director for KCHIP, where she received national recognition for her role in streamlining the enrollment process for children in KCHIP and Medicaid, leading to an additional 60,000 children receiving healthcare coverage.