- Associated Press - Monday, February 9, 2015

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Gov. Pete Ricketts has chosen a Louisiana state official as Nebraska’s next director of Medicaid and Long-Term Care.

The governor announced Monday that he has chosen Calder Lynch of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, for the job within the Department of Health and Human Services.

Lynch serves as chief of staff to the Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals. He previously was a policy director and special assistant to the secretary, where he led an effort to reform Medicaid services.

In a statement, Ricketts describes Lynch as an agent of successful reform in Louisiana. Ricketts has already selected Courtney Phillips, deputy secretary of the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals, as the new CEO of Nebraska DHHS.

Lynch will start March 9. His annual salary will be $135,000.

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