Stephanie Stephens serves as chief of Medicaid and CHIP Services and as state Medicaid director for the Texas Health and Human Services Commission. She provides strategic direction and oversight for Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), serving over 4 million Texans.
Stephens has 17 years of experience in Texas health and human services policy, finance, and operations. She joined HHSC in 2008 as a Medicaid and CHIP policy analyst and was promoted through the Medicaid CHIP organization and HHSC. Her prior leadership roles have included deputy state Medicaid director with a focus on policy and quality, as well as senior policy advisor and policy director in HHSC’s Office of Social Services where she directed implementation of eligibility policy for Texas social service programs.
Before joining HHSC, she served as a health and human services budget analyst at the Texas Legislative Budget Board and a legislative staffer.