State Medicaid director fired in DHHS shakeup
Updated: 06/19/2012 03:02 PM
By: Ben McNeely, news14.com
RALEIGH -- The head of the state Medicaid program is out of a job.
Health and Human Services Secretary Al Delia fired Dr. Craigan Gray, who served as Medicaid director since April 2009. Gray earned a salary of $270,000.
Chief Deputy Secretary Michael Watson will replace Gray and the position of director of medical assistance will be elevated to report directly to the secretary.
Watson's salary will remain at $160,000.
The move was part of a restructuring of the department, according to a press release.
“After nearly six months in this role, my first priority for strengthening our management team is to elevate the state Medicaid office to play a more prominent role in the Department’s decision-making process,” said Delia, in the statement.
“Medicaid is not a stand-alone division. It touches not only multiple DHHS divisions but also plays a huge part in shaping the state budget. We need better communications and stronger oversight of this $12 billion program. I believe these changes will accomplish that.”
Medicaid is a budget albatross for legislators, as they are trying to fill a $200 million hole. The program has had budget overruns amid economic woes in the state.
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