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



Associate Director

Cyrus Winnett is the Associate Director of the Illinois Association of Medicaid Health Plans where he 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 earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Illinois State University.


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