Kansas: Governor Names Interim Secretary for Department of Aging and Disabilities

Governor Sam Brownback (R) named Tim Keck as the Interim Secretary of the Department for Aging and Disability Services, which oversees the State's behavioral, home, and community-based services programs for older adults and individuals with disabilities. Keck has served as Deputy Chief Counsel of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment since 2011.

Utah: Medicaid Director Stepping Down

The Department of Health announced that State Medicaid Director Michael Hales is stepping down to pursue opportunities in the private sector. Mr. Hales has served in the position for ten years, overseeing significant initiatives such as the implementation of the Medicaid Preferred Drug List and Medicaid's conversion to accountable care organizations. Nate Checketts, the current Medicaid Deputy Director, will assume the position on December 31 until the Department of Health completes a search for a replacement.