Deputy State Medicaid Director, Emily Zalkovsky


Emily Zalkovsky serves as the deputy state Medicaid director for the Texas Health and Human Services Commission. In this role, she works closely with the Chief of Medicaid and CHIP Services to drive strategic initiatives, represent Medicaid and CHIP Services with stakeholders, continue to build division’s workforce and culture, and address urgent cross-divisional issues.

Previously, Zalkovsky served in a variety of staff and leadership roles in HHSC Medicaid and CHIP Services, including the associate commissioner of policy and quality, director of policy development support, director for program management for Medicaid managed care, and deputy associate commissioner for policy and program.

Outside of state government, Zalkovsky also has worked as a health care consultant and in the nonprofit sector focusing on housing and health policy. She holds a bachelor’s degree and a Master of Public Affairs from the University of Texas at Austin.