Ex-lawmaker To Replace Ohio’s Departing Medicaid Director

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – The governor says he’s appointing a former state lawmaker from northwest Ohio to replace the state’s Medicaid director, who is leaving that role for the private sector.

Gov. John Kasich says Barbara Sears will replace John McCarthy at the Ohio Department of Medicaid sometime next month. Sears is now assistant director of the Governor’s Office of Health Transformation.

Kasich says Sears has shared his vision for health care and knows the topic well, having focused much of her work as a state lawmaker on health and human services issues.

McCarthy has been Ohio’s Medicaid director for six years, since Kasich took office. Kasich says McCarthy’s work has helped expand access to Medicaid services for more low-income residents and improved the efficiency of such services, saving the state money.