For Immediate Release
December 30, 2015
CONCORD - As part of her efforts to protect the health and well-being of Granite Staters, Governor Maggie Hassan today announced that she will nominate Jeffrey A. Meyers of Concord as Commissioner of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
Meyers was recommended following a comprehensive search led by former HHS Deputy Commissioner and state Senator Kathleen Sgambati, former HHS Commissioner Donald Shumway, former state Representative Paul Spiess, Endowment for Health President Yvonne Goldsberry and former Department of Administrative Services Commissioner Linda Hodgdon.
“The health and well-being of our citizens is critical to the high quality of life that New Hampshire is known for and to our economic success, and the Commissioner of the Department of Health and Human Services must manage our state’s largest department while helping maintain our status as one of the healthiest states in the nation,” Governor Hassan said. “Jeffrey Meyers has a wide range of experience working across all levels of government with stakeholders and legislators from both parties and developing and implementing complex initiatives during his time at the department, as well as significant expertise on matters of health law.”
Currently the Director of Intergovernmental Affairs for HHS, Meyers works within the department, across the executive branch, and with legislators, federal officials and stakeholder groups to help develop and implement department programs, strategies and services. He has recently helped oversee major initiatives such as the implementation of the bipartisan New Hampshire Health Protection Program and the development and negotiation of a federal waiver that will strengthen the capacity of the state's behavioral health system and will promote further integration of mental health and substance use disorder services with medical care across the state.
Meyers previously worked as the Director for Government Relations for the Granite Healthcare Network and also served as Chief Legal Counsel to Governor John H. Lynch, as Legal Counsel for the New Hampshire State Senate, and as an Assistant Attorney General in the Office of the New Hampshire Attorney General. He has practiced at a number of private law firms in New Hampshire and on the East Coast and is a member of the New Hampshire Bar Association and the American Health Lawyers Association. Meyers received his undergraduate degree from George Washington University and his law degree from Georgetown University Law Center.
“I am honored that Governor Hassan nominated me to lead our state’s largest department, an important responsibility that is critical to the health and well-being of people and families across our state. I look forward to continuing to work with our dedicated HHS employees, stakeholders throughout the state, legislators, the Executive Council and other officials across all levels of government in order to strengthen the health and well-being of New Hampshire’s citizens.”
The nomination is subject to confirmation by the Executive Council. Governor Hassan will formally make the nomination at a special meeting of the Executive Council on Monday, January 4, at 3:15 p.m. In order to allow sufficient time for a public hearing before an Executive Council vote on the permanent nomination, Governor Hassan will also nominate Meyers as acting commissioner at the special meeting. The acting status would be effective upon current Commissioner Nick Toumpas’ final day on January 8 until February 1.