NC Health Agency Picks LA Official For Medicaid

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory's administration has moved quickly to name a new leader of the state's huge Medicaid program.

Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Aldona Wos (vosh) announced Thursday that Carol Steckel with the Louisiana state health and hospitals department is the new director of the Division of Medical Assistance. She's replacing Mike Watson, who retired last week as Gov. Beverly Perdue's administration ended.

Steckel had been Louisiana's lead official for responding to the Affordable Care Act. North Carolina and other states are deciding how to comply with the federal health care overhaul related to health care exchanges and expanding Medicaid coverage to more uninsured. Steckel also previously was Alabama's Medicaid agency commissioner.

The department says Steckel begins Jan. 22 and will make $210,000.