Carol Steckel is the new director of the Medicaid office. She'll be coming from Louisiana, where she's director of the Center for Health Care Innovation at the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals.
She starts her new job on Jan. 22 at a salary of $210,000 a year.
Steckel will be in charge of the state Division of Medical Assistance, which runs the state's $12 billion Medicaid program. The government health insurance program covers about 1.8 million residents.
"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 state Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Aldona Wos.
(Louisiana decided not to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. Gov. Pat McCrory hasn't made up his mind about Medicaid expansion, but says he's studying it. "We are trying to look at long-term implications and impact," he said recently.)
Steckel designed and implemented a realignment of information technology services for the Department of Hospitals in Louisiana.
This week, McCrory has been talking about what a mess the state's IT systems are in.