Medicaid Industry Who’s Who Series: Ray Hanley

Ray Hanley is a featured panelist for the upcoming Medicaid News Roundtable Webinar on May 27th. RESERVE your seat today at!


Medicaid Who’s Who: Ray Hanley – CEO of Arkansas Foundation for Medical Care

  1. What is your current position and with what organization?

A: The CEO of Arkansas Foundation for Medical Care, a 240-employee organization that sprang from the old PROs of the 1970s, but which today does a wide variety of work for Medicaid, Medicare and others.

  1. How many years have you been in the Medicaid industry?

A: I began as an Medicaid eligibility caseworker in 1974, went on to managed Medicaid UR, and then Medicaid Director for Arkansas for 16 years, then to EDS/HP as client executive working with Medicaid agencies.

3. What is your focus/passion? (Industry related or not)

A: Improving access to health care and improving the quality of that care which is one of the reasons I led the 35 organization “AR Health, AR Jobs Coalition” that worked to pass expanded Medicaid coverage in Arkansas.

  1. What is the top item on your “bucket list?”

A: Help move Arkansas substantially up in health rankings among states.

  1. What do you enjoy doing most with your personal time?

A: Biking around the world since I had to give up running marathons 4 years ago with bad knees, so far I have biked on four continents.  Otherwise spending time with my family at a log cabin near the Buffalo National River in the rugged Arkansas Mountains.

I’ve also put into print 20 Arkansas history books.

  1. Who is your favorite historical figure and why?

A: Teddy Roosevelt who created the conservation movement from his “bully pulpit”

  1. What is your favorite junk food?

A: Pizza

  1. Of what accomplishment are you most proud?

A: Two daughters who, while raising 4 young children between them, turned out to be outstanding people and health care professionals in their own right.

  1. For what one thing do you wish you could get a mulligan?

A: Since I’ve never played golf, I have no idea how to answer that.

10. What are the top 1-3 issues that you think will be important in Medicaid during the next 6 months? 

  1. Access … too many states have not expanded coverage, especially in the South.
  2. Access … in that too many providers won’t see Medicaid patients in part because the rates are too low … coverage without access is self-defeating.
  3. Quality improvement … driven by wider use of outcome-based payment metrics and refinement of the patient-centered medical home concept.