New Deputy Director Appointed to DHS

August 23, 2017

Medicaid Director Will Move to New Role 


Iowa Department of Human Services (DHS) Director Jerry R. Foxhoven announced August 22 that Iowa Medicaid Director Mikki K. Stier has been appointed to serve as Deputy Director of DHS. 

In her new role, Ms. Stier will assist in overseeing the more than $6 billion umbrella agency programs administered and operated by DHS. She will continue to serve as the head of the Medicaid program until a new director is found via a national search.

As Medicaid director since May 2015, Stier served as the primary architect for establishing Iowa Medicaid’s goals for optimal health outcomes for low-income Iowans, and for financial performance of the state-run insurance program. Stier moved into DHS leadership in 2015 from her post as Vice President of Government and External Relations at Broadlawns Medical Center.

Stier will begin her new duties as soon as possible.

Stier has more than 35 years of health care experience in several states, having worked with hospital startup, restructuring, development and growth in a number of executive positions. At Broadlawns, she was the senior executive responsible for external relations which included building an external network of business leaders and legislators to support the hospital’s operations.

Stier holds a master’s degree in health administration from the University of Colorado, a bachelor’s of science in occupational therapy from Colorado State, and serves on a number of local and national boards.