Medicaid Leadership

Jen Steele
Medicaid Director
Email: jen.steele@la.gov

Vacant
Medicaid Medical Director
Email:

Diane Batts
Medicaid Deputy Director - Eligibility Division
Email: diane.batts@la.gov

Michael Boutte
Medicaid Deputy Director - Health Plan Management, Compliance and Program Integrity Division
Email: michael.boutte@la.gov

Darlene Budgewater 
Medicaid Deputy Director - Policy, Waiver and Benefits Division
Email: darlene.budgewater@la.gov

Pam Diez
Medicaid Deputy Director and Chief Financial Officer - Finance Division
Email: pam.diez@la.gov 

Vacant
Medicaid Deputy Director - Medicaid Systems Division
Email:


The Medicaid Quality Committee, which includes medical directors of the managed care organizations (MCO), seeks to improve and maintain the quality of the state's Medicaid Program by contributing specialized knowledge and experience to that available within the Medicaid Program, providing a two-way channel of communication with the individuals, organizations and institutions in the community that, with the Louisiana Department of Health, receive, provide and/or pay for medical care and services. This is not a policymaking board; the committee's functions are advisory only.