Gov.-elect Bevin names health attorney Vickie Yates Brown Glisson chief of Cabinet for Health and Family Services

12/03/2015 06:10 PM

Gov.-elect Matt Bevin has named Louisville health attorney Vickie Yates Brown Glisson as secretary of the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, Bevin’s transition team announced Thursday.

Glisson, a nationally recognized health and health insurance lawyer with Frost Brown Todd, will oversee an agency that was a chief focus of the incoming governor on the campaign trail.

Bevin has pledged to shutter the state’s health exchange, kynect, created through the Affordable Care Act and apply for waivers from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for the state’s Medicaid expansion, often pointing to Indiana, where some newly eligible recipients pay monthly premiums, as an example.

More than 400,000 Kentuckians have received health coverage under Medicaid expansion.

Bevin alluded to the Medicaid system in a statement, calling Glisson’s appointment “one of the most critical decisions” he will make as he takes office on Tuesday.

“Kentucky is consistently ranked as one of the least healthy states in the country,” Bevin said in the statement. “We have 1 in 4 of our citizens enrolled in Medicaid and the financial costs to the Commonwealth are growing exponentially. We must be innovative in our efforts to improve health outcomes for Kentuckians, but do so in a prudent and sustainable manner. I am highly confident that Vickie is the right person to lead this effort.”

Glisson served as president and CEO of Nucleus, a research and development program operated by the University of Louisville, beginning in 2008 and is a former chairwoman of the American Bar Association’s Health Law Section, according to a news release. She has earned a top peer review rating by Martindale-Hubbell and been included in lists such as The Best Lawyers of America and Kentucky Super Lawyers, according to the release and her biography on Frost Brown Todd’s website.

“It is an honor to serve my home state and Governor Bevin,” Glisson said in a statement. “I look forward to working with stakeholders as, together, we find solutions to the challenges facing Kentucky families, the health care industry and our most vulnerable citizens.”

Kevin Wheatley

Kevin Wheatley is a reporter for Pure Politics. He joined cn|2 in September 2014 after five years at The State Journal in Frankfort, where he covered Kentucky government and politics. You can reach him at or 502-792-1135 and follow him on Twitter at @KWheatley_cn2.


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