Chris Traylor, a long-time leader of state health care programs and services for those with disabilities, will retire May 31.
Traylor, currently Health and Human Services Deputy Executive Commissioner, led the Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS) from 2010 to 2012 as the agency implemented broad reforms to improve state supported living centers that serve people with profound developmental disabilities. He also worked to extend community care to more Texans with disabilities.
About 50,000 nursing facility residents covered by Medicaid made the transition to the STAR+PLUS program and managed care services, and more than half chose their health plan instead of being assigned to one.
A new in-person survey is seeking feedback from people in STAR+PLUS Medicaid, people enrolled in the Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) and people who get services through the Older Americans Act.