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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.

 

4 Comments


  1. Jayhawk

    September 27, 2013 at 4:03 pm

    Conflict of interest regarding work performed in another state? I think I’m missing something…

    And is it really fair to collect a check for those last two weeks, if she’s refusing certain responsibilities of the job?

  2. david esmay

    September 27, 2013 at 6:55 pm

    Steckel knows incompetence when she sees it and ran away from it as fast as she could. Even though Steckel has spent most of her adult life in the medical field, she had no idea how wide spread fecalencephalitis is within the republican party, apparently she only thought it had reached epidemic proportions in the tea party, but the contamination has spread rapidly.

  3. Alex

    September 29, 2013 at 5:15 pm

    Someone should check to see if he got off his meds !

  4. david esmay

    September 30, 2013 at 8:52 pm

    Alex just proved my point.

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