State Medicaid program gets interim leader

The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services named an interim leader for the state’s $14-billion Medicaid system, after the massive state program’s leader announced she was stepping down.

Sandy Terrell, a registered nurse who has been with the agency since December 2010, will step in to lead the Medicaid system’s Division of Medical Assistance following the resignation of Carol Steckel, an experienced Medicaid administrator who announced her resignation last week, according to a news release from the agency.

Steckel had been recruited less than nine months earlier by DHHS Secretary Aldona Wos to help with one of Gov. Pat McCrory’s top priorities of pushing the state into a new Medicaid model open to contracting out services to private health care plans.

Terrell had been the agency’s interim chief operating officer, and before that had served as the agency’s assistant director of clinical policy and programs.

Steckel is leaving to take a job in Florida with Wellcare Health Plans, a managed care company.

In light of the potential for a conflict of interest, Steckel has bowed out of any work related to the Medicaid reform effort until she leaves, on Oct. 11.

 

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