The state Director of the Division of Medicaid and Long Term Care, Vivianne Chaumont, has died.
The Department of Health and Human Services reports that Chaumont died of cancer today. She was 60
“The Department has lost a director who was a dedicated public servant, one who cared deeply about the program she oversaw and the people who receive those services,” said HHS CEO Kerry Winterer in a written statement released by his office. “Vivianne’s goal was to manage the program so finite resources could serve as many Nebraskans as possible. That meant sometimes she had to make difficult decisions, but she was willing to make them for the good of the program that served over 230,000 people who depend on Medicaid.”
Gov. Dave Heineman appointed Chaumont to be director of the HHS System’s Finance and Support agency. She made the transition to director of Medicaid and Long-Term Care in the summer of 2007 in the newly created Department of Health and Human Services.
“We appreciate Vivianne’s work on behalf of Nebraskans during the last 7 years as the Director of the Division of Medicaid and Long-Term Care,” said Gov. Dave Heineman in a prepared statement. “She had a long and dedicated career in public service, and she should be remembered for her commitment to others during her life. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family during this difficult time.”
Chaumont came to the United States from Cuba at the age of eight. She attended college in California and became the counsel for the California Department of Health Services. She worked in state government in Colorado before beginning work in Nebraska.