Gainesville native Blake Fulenwider has been named Georgia Medicaid Chief, according to an announcement from Frank Berry, Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Community Health.
Berry says Fulenwider brings broad-based health care policy knowledge to his new role.
Prior to this appointment, Fulenwider was Partner and Georgia Director of Total Spectrum, a policy consulting practice that provided in-depth guidance to clients regarding federal and state-level legislative health care reform developments. He also worked directly with private sector clients and state officials throughout Georgia, providing policy analysis and guidance on a wide range of health care issues.
From 2006-2010, Fulenwider served with then-Congressman Nathan Deal handling health care policy issues in the Health Subcommittee of the Committee on Energy and Commerce. Fulenwider has also held previous roles with the Department of Community Health as Deputy Commissioner from 2011-2013, and was the Healthcare Reform Administrator with the Governor’s Office of Planning and Budget from 2013-2015, providing budget and policy support to the Governor, Chief Financial Officer and senior staff.
His appointment is effective September 15.