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Commissioner of the Bureau for Medical Services, WV Department of Human Services

Cindy Beane, MSW, LCSW, is the Commissioner for the West Virginia Bureau for Medical Services. Commissioner Beane has more than 20 years’ experience working with healthcare in both the public and private sectors. Commissioner Beane has been named President-Elect for the National Association of Medicaid Directors (NAMD) and will assume the role of President in 2023.

Commissioner Beane led policy implementation for changes under the Affordable Care Act, which enabled approximately 165,000 West Virginians to have healthcare coverage. Under Commissioner Beane, West Virginia was the first state in the nation to obtain approval for coverage of Neonatal Abstinence Centers. In addition, her team developed and administers a Continuum of Care wavier designed to treat substance use disorders (SUD) among the Medicaid population. Additionally, Cindy has implemented the Health Homes initiatives to improve quality outcomes for members with chronic conditions, including diabetes and bi-polar disorder, expanded managed care to include behavioral health, and worked with dedicated staff to develop an oversight plan to detect and eliminate fraud, waste, and abuse.

Commissioner Beane and her team developed a Continuum of Care wavier designed to enhance children services for our most vulnerable at-risk children among the Medicaid population, administered through managed care with a primary goal of helping to keep them with their families, with a support network to improve their outcomes.

During the public health emergency, Commissioner Beane has remained committed to administering, promoting, and assuring appropriate, cost conscious strategies to strengthen healthcare services for the people of West Virginia to improve their quality of life.