Ellen Montz, Ph.D. (CCIIO)

Ellen Montz, Ph.D. (CCIIO)

Ellen Montz, Ph.D., M.P.Aff, is the deputy administrator and director of the Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight (CCIIO) at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).  

Most recently, Ellen served as the chief deputy and chief health economist of Virginia’s Medicaid Department, playing a central role in the state’s expansion of Medicaid, pandemic response, and investment in value-based and equity-focused health care delivery. She previously served in several roles during the Obama-Biden Administration at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the U.S. Senate Finance Committee, and the White House Domestic Policy Council, where she focused on implementing provisions of the Affordable Care Act related to private health insurance, Health Insurance Marketplaces, and Medicaid. Ellen has also worked as a senior fellow at the Century Foundation.  

A native Texan, she holds a Bachelor of Arts from Rice University, a Master of Public Affairs from the LBJ School at the University of Texas, and a Ph.D. in health policy economics from Harvard University. 


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