Trump's Medicaid director leaves to join incoming Florida governor's office

The Trump administration's Medicaid director is leaving after less than three months on the job. 

Mary Mayhew announced Friday her resignation as the director of the Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services (CMS).


Mayhew said in an email to staff she has accepted a position with Florida Gov.-elect Ron DeSantisRonald Dion DeSantisDeSantis wants statue of civil rights activist to replace Confederate figure on Capitol Hill Florida couple wins right to plant vegetables in front yard after years-long legal battle Former sheriff running for reelection after suspension over Parkland shooting MORE.

“I appreciate her efforts at CMS and I look forward to continuing to work with her as she uses her many talents to help the state of Florida create a healthcare system that serves the needs of its citizens," Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) administrator Seema Verma said in a statement Friday.

Mayhew joined the administration in October to run Medicaid, the nation's health insurance program for low-income Americans. 

She was previously the commissioner of Maine's Department of Health and Human Services, where she oversaw changes to the state's Medicaid program, including requiring monthly premiums and co-pays for services. 

She opposed Medicaid expansion in Maine, and will likely push against any attempts in Florida to expand eligibility to more low-income adults.