Adam Meier was appointed secretary of the Cabinet for Health and Family Services by Gov. Matt Bevin May 17, 2018. Meier most recently served as the governor's deputy chief of staff for policy, focusing on the formation of essential administration-wide health, workforce and education policy initiatives with an emphasis on improving technology and analytical capabilities to better measure policy outcomes.
In his capacity as deputy chief of staff, Meier oversaw Kentucky's innovative 1115 Medicaid waiver application (Kentucky HEALTH), the first of its kind in the nation to gain approval from the federal government. Since the waiver was approved in January, he has continued to work with the 1115 implementation team on plans for rollout of the Kentucky HEALTH program across the state.
Meier is regarded as a national expert on workforce issues and recently testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Development on strengthening alignment of workforce supports and outcomes in human service programs. As co-chair of Kentucky's Work Matters Task Force, he led a 23-member team in developing policy recommendations to address barriers to employment among five key populations in the commonwealth—individuals with disabilities, veterans, foster youth, individuals with criminal records and individuals suffering from substance use disorders.
He also guided the state through the successful transition from the expensive state-run kynect health insurance exchange system to healthcare.gov, saving the commonwealth approximately $15 million annually and reducing red tape. Additionally, Meier helped coordinate the state cross-Cabinet response to the opioid epidemic.
Meier is an attorney and previously worked as a senior contracting officer for the federal government. He lives with his wife and three children in Ft. Thomas, where he previously served as a member of the city council.