Illinois Association of
Medicaid Health Plans

Executive Director

Samantha Olds Frey is the Executive Director of the Illinois Association of Medicaid Health Plans. Prior to joining the association, Samantha was Speaker Michael J. Madigan’s Human Services & Medicaid budget analyst. 

During her tenure on the Speaker’s staff, Samantha 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 is a graduate of Saint Louis University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and a Master’s Degree in Public Policy and Administration at Northwestern University.


Associate Director

Cyrus Winnett is the Associate Director of the Illinois Association of Medicaid Health Plans.

In his role as Associate Director, Cyrus spearheads industry discussions and oversees IAMHP committees related to Health Plan operations, state compliance, healthcare quality, and provider relations.

Prior to joining IAMHP, Cyrus was a Legislative & Public Policy Analyst with the Illinois Association of Rehabilitation Facilities (IARF), a trade association of community-based providers supporting children and adults with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities, mental illnesses and substance use disorders.

Cyrus Winnett is a graduate of Illinois State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science.



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