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DHHS Secretary Aldona Wos Names New Medicaid Director


North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services
For Release: Immediate
Date: January 10, 2013
Contact: Julie Henry 919-855-4840

RALEIGH – North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Secretary Aldona Wos has named Carol Steckel, MPH, as the new director of the Division of Medical Assistance. Steckel currently serves as the director of the Center for Health Care Innovation at the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals. She will begin her duties in North Carolina on January 22 at a salary of $210,000.

The Division of Medical Assistance within DHHS handles the state’s Medicaid program, which insures some 1.8 million North Carolinians and budgets $12 billion in state and federal money every year.

“Ms. Steckel has an extensive background in health policy and government, having served as commissioner of the Alabama Medicaid Agency and spearheading the state of Louisiana’s response to the Affordable Care Act,” said Dr. Wos. “I am so pleased that she will be bringing her energy, enthusiasm, and considerable talent to the department as we strive to become more efficient, more effective and more accountable to our consumers.”

While in Louisiana, Steckel designed and implemented a realignment of information technology services for the Department of Health and Hospitals. She worked with the National Republican Governor’s Public Policy Committee to coordinate health care issues and coordinated an interagency response to the Affordable Care Act. As Medicaid commissioner in Alabama, Steckel served as president of the National Association of Medicaid Directors and was selected as one of six Medicaid directors to participate in the first Robert Wood Johnson/Centers for Healthcare Strategies, Inc. Medicaid Leadership Institute.

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services is responsible for ensuring the health, safety and well being of North Carolinians in all 100 counties. DHHS touches the lives of virtually every citizen, from birth to old age, through prenatal programs, child development programs, aging support programs and services for special populations including the mentally ill, deaf, blind and developmentally disabled.

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