Jeff Rickman Named Chief of State Health Benefit Plan

July 8, 2014

ATLANTA (July 3, 2014) – Jeffrey T. Rickman has been named Chief of Georgia’s State Health Benefit Plan (SHBP), effective July 1, 2014. The announcement was made by Georgia Department of Community Health (DCH) Commissioner Clyde L. Reese III, Esq. Rickman has served as the Interim Chief for SHBP since March.

“I am confident that Jeff will be an engaged and effective leader of our administration of the state’s health insurance as we continue to implement the 2014 plan design as well as move forward into the future with multiple vendors and plan options,” Reese said. “During his tenure as Interim Chief, Jeff has done a commendable job and I look forward to continuing to work with him in this role.”

Rickman will lead the program that serves as the state’s administrator of health insurance coverage for the more than 600,000 state employees, teachers, school system employees and retiree members, and their covered dependents. 

Before serving as SHBP’s Interim Chief, Rickman was an attorney in DCH’s Office of General Counsel and was responsible for providing legal support to SHBP.  He advised SHBP’s division chief and senior management on various employee benefit and compliance issues, and drafted and reviewed all SHBP contracts, amendments, Summary Plan Descriptions, Summary of Benefits and Coverage, and member communications, as well as advising on vendor implementation.

Previously Rickman practiced employee benefits law as a contract attorney for Alston & Bird, and as an associate with Mazursky Constantine and Ford & Harrison.

Rickman earned his Juris Doctorate from Georgia State University College of Law. He also holds a Masters of Divinity from Duke University and earned his bachelor’s degree from Lambuth University in Tennessee. Rickman has volunteered with nonprofits, including Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta and Legal Aid of Cobb County.

About the Georgia Department of Community Health

Through effective planning, purchasing and oversight, the Georgia Department of Community Health (DCH) provides access to affordable, quality health care to millions of Georgians, including some of the state’s uninsured and most vulnerable populations.

DCH is responsible for Medicaid and PeachCare for Kids,® the State Health Benefit Plan, Healthcare Facility Regulation and Health Information Technology in Georgia.

Clyde L. Reese III, Esq., serves as Commissioner for the Georgia Department of Community Health.

To learn more about DCH and its dedication to A Healthy Georgia, visit