Chris Traylor has been involved in virtually every aspect of healthcare and social services for more than a quarter of a century. His experience and expertise put him at the forefront of legislative innovation, reform and regulation.
Traylor retired as Executive Commissioner (CEO) of the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC), on May 31, 2016. HHSC is Texas’ health and human services agency, serving over five million Texans. During his tenure, HHSC had a budget of almost $40 billion, and employed 56,000 people. After his retirement, Traylor lead a a healthcare consulting firm serving clients across health and social service programs from 2016-18.
In 2018, Traylor was appointed as Deputy Administrator for Strategy at the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), and also served as Deputy Administrator and Director for the Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services at CMS in 2019.
Traylor previously served as the Chief Deputy Executive Commissioner of HHSC in Texas and also led the Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS) as Commissioner from January 2010 to September 2012. During his tenure at DADS, the agency implemented broad reforms to improve services for people with physical and intellectual disabilities, and extended community care options for Texans.
Before leading DADS, Traylor served for over three years as the Texas state Medicaid director. Under his leadership, Texas developed health passports for children in foster care and also expanded a managed model of care that integrated acute and long-term care services for Texans who are elderly or have disabilities. The model delivered cost savings for the state, which allowed Texas to reduce and eliminate the wait for nursing facility level in-home and community services.
His 26 years of public service also include Chief of Staff at HHSC, where his duties involved managing the day-to-day operations of the consolidation of Texas’ health and human services agencies in 2004. His resume also contains experience as key staff in both the Texas House and Senate, as well as in Washington, D.C., where he worked as staff for members of the U.S. House of Representatives and a U.S. Senator.
Traylor returned to his health care consulting firm, serving clients across health and human services in 2019.