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Statement from DHHS Secretary Aldona Wos and Medicaid Director Carol Steckel

 

For Immediate Release
Monday, September 23, 2013
Contact: news@dhhs.nc.gov
              919-855-4840

Raleigh, N.C. - 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. A copy of Steckel's resignation letter can be downloaded by clicking here.

 

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