State Medicaid Director leaving post

The state’s Medicaid director is out, after only eight months on the job.


Carol Steckel

Carol Steckel submitted her resignation later Monday, saying she would stay on the North Carolina job no longer than Oct 11. The state agency issues a press release Monday saying Steckel was leaving to take a job with WellCare Health Plans in Florida.

She was hired to help usher the state into a new way of running the multi-billion Medicaid program which provides care for some of the state’s most vulnerable citizens, including low income children and the severely disabled.

Steckel was one of Wos’ most significant hires at DHHS, and came to North Carolina after having administered Medicaid programs in both Alabama and Louisiana. Her departure comes as Wos and Gov. Pat McCrory have promised overhauling the state’s Medicaid system, though details of the plans haven’t been made public.

From the DHHS  news release about Steckel’s departure:

In order to return to her home state and take a job in the private sector, Carol Steckel has accepted a position with WellCare Health Plans in Tampa, Florida. Steckel, who joined the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services on January 22, submitted her resignation today as Director of the Division of Medical Assistance, effective October 11.

“In her time at the Department of Health and Human Services, Carol has made invaluable contributions to the state and the people we serve,” said Secretary Wos. “She brought fresh ideas and deep knowledge and experience to the state’s Medicaid program. This is an excellent private sector opportunity for Carol to return to the state where she grew up, and we will miss her greatly. We appreciate her commitment to a smooth transition as we progress towards creating a predictable and sustainable Medicaid system for the people of North Carolina.”

Steckel added: “It was a difficult decision to leave DHHS, but this is a great opportunity I can’t turn down. Secretary Wos is a strong and dynamic leader not afraid to take on the toughest challenges confronting the Department of Health and Human Services. In just a short time together, we have made good progress on reforming the state’s Medicaid program to control costs and improve care. I thank the Secretary for her leadership and am committed to making this a smooth transition.”

The Department of Health and Human Services will immediately begin the search for a new Director of the Division of Medical Assistance.


You can read Steckel’s resignation letter here.


Carol Steckel Resignation by sarah127


  1. love my state

    September 23, 2013 at 3:30 pm

    oh what a tangled web we weave…

  2. Tara

    September 23, 2013 at 6:15 pm

    Is this the same DHHS hire who was approved for a one time payment of just over $32,000 just before her resignation?

  3. Frances Jenkins

    September 23, 2013 at 7:50 pm

    Does it ever cause your conscience to have concern that you have participated in the Blueprint/Bluepoint movement to destroyed this administration to regain control for the Democrats? Do you care Perdue appointed political appointees at HHS to career status in order to prevent this administration from moving forward? How many laptops are missing? How many cars are missing at HHS? How many employees have NEVER shown for work? How many employees have reported double over time and never worked a minute? Does it cause you not to sleep at night? Do you have not conscience?

  4. ML

    September 23, 2013 at 8:03 pm

    How many? Huh Frances?!? It clearly doesn’t concern your conscience to just throw around allegations without proof or context…

  5. Alan

    September 23, 2013 at 8:19 pm


    Are there no limits to your crackpot comments?

  6. Alan

    September 23, 2013 at 8:38 pm

    Hey Frances,

    Do you think those missing employees (and cars & laptops) ended up back in Kenya? Your postings are so ridiculous you even make LSD seem like a reasonable individual.

    I’d love to stay are write more, but I have a book burning I need to attend to…

  7. gregflynn

    September 23, 2013 at 8:52 pm

    What is the sound of one lobe thinking?

  8. Alan

    September 23, 2013 at 9:00 pm


    One lobe? I like your optimism…

  9. Frances Jenkins

    September 23, 2013 at 11:59 pm

    One lobe is Greg firing back at women when he knows he is losing the game. Right Greg?????

  10. Frances Jenkins

    September 24, 2013 at 12:01 am

    Why don’t you and Greg go help all those poor women who are losing hours at work because of Obama care?

  11. gregflynn

    September 24, 2013 at 7:48 am

  12. Alex

    September 24, 2013 at 7:59 am

    The Abbott and Costello show is on again. Frankly, I like the re-runs better !

  13. Alan

    September 24, 2013 at 8:41 am


    Since when did you start caring about poor people? You recently ranted about having no issue in poor people having to work for food stamps, and now you pretend you give a damn about poor folks? Typical GOP hypocrite.

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