Department of Health and Human Services
Commissioner Lambrew is charged with leading the Department of Health and Human Service’s efforts to serve Maine’s most vulnerable, including providing health care and social service support to low-income children, families, the elderly and Mainers with disabilities or substance misuse disorders. Lambrew, PhD, has worked on improving the health system throughout her entire career. She held senior positions at the White House for ten years and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for four years. From 2011 to January 2017, she worked at the White House as the Deputy Assistant to the President for health policy. In that capacity, she helped ensure execution of the President’s health policy agenda including implementation and defense of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Her portfolio also included policy regarding Medicare, Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), long-term services and supports, and public health. From 2009 to 2010, she was the Director of the HHS Office of Health Reform. In that role, she coordinated work toward passage and the implementation of the Affordable Care Act.