Leaving NC Medicaid chief seeks distance on reform

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by The Associated Press

WCNC.com

Posted on September 25, 2013 at 4:18 PM

Updated Wednesday, Sep 25 at 4:25 PM

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- North Carolina's Medicaid director wants to stay out of conversations about reforming the program now that she's going to work at a managed care company. 

Carol Steckel plans to resign by early October. She will next work for Florida-based WellCare, which specializes in government-sponsored Medicaid and Medicare services.  

The News & Observer of Raleigh reported (http://bit.ly/1aos4kB ) Steckel wrote co-workers asking them to discontinue sending her Medicaid reform information. Gov. Pat McCrory unveiled a proposal months ago to shift Medicaid toward the private sector. Many legislators have doubts about it.  

State Health and Human Services spokesman Ricky Diaz says Steckel believes it is now appropriate to distance herself from reform efforts.  

It's unclear if WellCare would be interested in North Carolina Medicaid business if the program moves toward private managed care.
 

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