Dennis G. Smith is currently the Senior Advisor for Medicaid and Health Care Reform at the Arkansas Department of Human Services (DHS) and a Visiting Professor at the University of Arkansas Medical Sciences (UAMS) College of Public Health.
For most of his career, Smith has been in public service, serving in Arkansas, Wisconsin, Virginia, and California. At the federal level, he has worked in both the Executive and Legislative branches, including 10 years on Capitol Hill and more than 10 years at the US Department of Health and Human Services. Smith headed the Medicaid agency for nearly seven years, the longest tenure of any Medicaid director at the federal level. In his capacity as head of Medicaid, he negotiated Section 1115 Demonstration Projects with more than half of the states.
In Congress, Smith worked for both the US Senate and the US House of Representatives between 1989 and 1998. As a staff member of the US Senate Committee on Finance, he was involved in landmark legislation including welfare reform, the creation of the state Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and the Adoption and Safe Families Act.
Smith has testified at numerous congressional and state legislative committees. He has appeared on a variety of TV and radio programs and been interviewed extensively in the print media as well.