Adam Meier named Secretary of Cabinet for Health and Family Services

05/17/2018 01:55 PM

FRANKFORT- Adam Meier has been appointed as Secretary of the Cabinet for Health and Family Services by Gov. Matt Bevin, R-Kentucky.

Meier has been serving as Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy for Gov. Bevin, focusing on administration-wide health, workforce, and education policy initiatives.

“As Deputy Chief of Staff, Adam has shown an unwavering commitment to bettering the lives of Kentuckians by putting proactive and thoughtful public policy into action,” said Gov. Bevin. “For much of the past two years, he has been focused on healthcare policy in Kentucky, and his empathy for people, combined with his legal background and working knowledge of human services programs at the state and federal level, make him an ideal choice to lead this important cabinet. He is respected across the nation for his innovation and knowledge of healthcare policy, and he will be a tremendous asset to Kentucky in his new role. ”

Meier was responsible for overseeing Kentucky’s 1115 Medicaid waiver application. Since being approved, he has been overseeing the implementation of Kentucky HEALTH.

“CHFS has the opportunity to fundamentally transform the lives of so many vulnerable Kentuckians in a positive way,” said Meier. “With the innovative changes coming with the Kentucky HEALTH waiver and the increased financial resources and legislative support for improving Kentucky’s child welfare, foster care, and adoption systems, I am honored and humbled at the responsibility Gov. Bevin has entrusted me with to lead the cabinet at this pivotal time.”

Kristi Putnam the Executive Advisor to CHFS’ Department for Community Based Services has been named as Deputy Secretary of the agency. Most recently, she has been serving as Program Manager for Kentucky HEALTH.

Meier replaces Acting Secretary Scott Brinkman, who will return to his position as Secretary of the Executive Cabinet. Brinkman has been in the position since the end of January after Vickie Yates Brown Glisson resigned to seek the Republican nomination against U.S. Representative John Yarmuth, D-Louisville, in the Third Congressional District.

Michon Lindstrom

Michon is a producer for Pure Politics. Michon comes to Kentucky from Springfield, Illinois where she served as the statehouse reporter for the NBC affiliate. During her time in the Land of Lincoln she covered the state’s two year budget impasse and the largest school funding overall in Illinois history. Pure Politics airs weeknights at 7 and 11:30 on Spectrum News. Follow Michon on Twitter at @MichonLindstrom or reach her by email at


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