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Samantha Olds Frey

Samantha Olds Frey is the Executive Director of the Illinois Association of Medicaid Health Plans (IAMHP), an advocate for public and private health plans, improving access to quality health care for the uninsured, committed to enhancing consumer choice and affordability of health insurance for all Illinoisans.


Samantha has nearly a decade of experience in health care and appropriations policy and as Executive Director at IAMHP she is responsible for coordinating legislative strategies, testifying before legislative committees and working closely with state agency administrators to formulate and implement policy that positively impact members. 


Prior to joining the association, Samantha was Research and Appropriations Analyst for Illinois House of Representatives where she helped negotiate and craft the Medicaid Reform Act of 2010, the $2.7 billion Medicaid reform package known as the SMART Act of 2012, and the Medicaid Expansion package authorized by the Affordable Care Act in 2013. 

Samantha was named to Forbes Magazine’s 30 under 30 for her work in public policy in 2015. 

Samantha earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from St. Louis University and her Master’s Degree in Public Policy and Administration from Northwestern University.

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