Gov. John Kasich Announces New Department of Medicaid Director

Barbara Sears will replace John McCarthy as the director of the Department of Medicaid, Gov. John Kasich announced earlier this week.

Sears, who is a vocal proponent of Medicaid expansion in the state, has been the assistant director of the Governor’s Office of Health Transformation since July 1, after she resigned from the Ohio House, where she had served as the majority floor leader and as chair of the Insurance Committee and Joint Medicaid Oversight Committee.

Sears will take over the new position at a date yet to be determined in December.

McCarthy had served as the state’s Medicaid director since the beginning of the Kasich Administration. He led the department’s creation as an independence cabinet agency and oversaw the expansion, according to the governor’s office. Gov. Kasich said that he was “grateful” for John’s leadership and that thanks to him, “our most vulnerable Ohioans are better served and the program now rests on strong financial footing.”

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