Under the Dome

Cowell names new head of state health plan

Mona Moon, who became interim executive administrator of the state health plan in February, has been named the new head of the plan.

"Ms. Moon has an excellent reputation that comes from her 20 years of financial management experience and high level of professionalism," state Treasurer Janet Cowell, who named Moon to the post, said in a statement. "I am confident that she has the expertise and vision we need as we work to improve health outcomes and reduce costs for North Carolina citizens."

Moon joined the health insurance plan for state workers and teachers in August 2008 and most recently was the plan's chief financial officer.Previously she was chief business operations officer for the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services' division of medical assistance. She also was principal fiscal analyst for the state legislature's Fiscal Research Division.

Moon, who has a bachelor's degree in business administration and a master's degree in public health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, succeeds Lacey Barnes. Barnes was interim executive administration from July 2011 until February of this year.

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