By Associated Press - Friday, June 2, 2017

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - State Treasurer Dale Folwell has swiftly made his choice to lead the health insurance program for North Carolina state employees, teachers, retirees and their dependents.

Folwell announced Friday that former state Medicaid overhaul manager Dee Jones is the next executive administrator of the State Health Plan. She succeeds Mona Moon, who resigned abruptly last week. Moon said Folwell should fill the job with someone more closely aligned with his goals and management style.

Jones has worked within the Department of Administration and the Department of Health and Human Services, where she coordinated the state’s application to the federal government to run the Medicaid program differently.

Folwelll says he consulted the plan’s trustee board about the hiring of Jones, who will make $180,000 - $44,000 less than Moon’s final annual salary.

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