Milligan is the president and CEO of the Teaching Hospitals of Texas (THOT), an association representing 17 teaching hospitals, health systems, and hospital districts in the state with shared commitments to caring for all; disaster and public health preparedness and response; and educating the next generation of providers.
Before joining THOT in 2013, Milligan served in a variety of roles with Texas’ Health and Human Services Commission, including as deputy chief of staff, director of quality and analytics, and manager of Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Plan operations. As deputy Medicaid director, she successfully led the development and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services negotiation of the original Texas Section 1115 waiver that resulted in $29 billion in supplemental waiver funding over five years for the state. Milligan’s experience has focused on state and federal health care reform; state health care policy for Medicaid and indigent care; and Medicaid operational and contract management.
Milligan was on the faculty at the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB), in Galveston, Texas, teaching health care administration and economics, as well as medical ethics. She holds a doctorate degree in philosophy from Marquette University, a master’s degree from the Institute for Medical Humanities at UTMB, a master’s degree in public affairs from the University of Texas at Austin, and a bachelor’s degree in economics.