A transition in leadership has taken place at HHSC. On June 5, Gov. Greg Abbott named Chris Traylor Texas Health and Human Services Executive Commissioner, effective July 1. Traylor takes over for Dr. Kyle Janek, who stepped aside after almost three years as executive commissioner. Traylor brings with him experience amassed during a 25-year career in public service, most of which has been in the Texas health and human services system.
“I am honored to be able to guide the agency through the many improvements HHSC has already begun and to continue to strengthen and improve our programs in the transformation process ahead,” Traylor said.
In December 2011, the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services approved HHSC’s request for a five-year Medicaid waiver that allowed for the expansion of Medicaid managed care in Texas and creation of two funding pools.