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Gov. Ricketts Announces Medicaid Division Leadership Transition

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LINCOLN – Today, Governor Pete Ricketts and Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Chief Executive Officer Courtney Phillips announced that DHHS Medicaid and Long-Term Care Division Director Calder Lynch will be stepping down to accept an appointment in the federal government.


“Calder made a terrific contribution to the state and has been an effective agent of change.  He will be greatly missed, and I thank him for his service,” said Governor Ricketts.  “My administration has already commenced the search for the next Medicaid Director to continue our efforts to modernize and improve our programs.”


“It has been a great privilege to serve the people of Nebraska under Governor Ricketts’ and Courtney’s tremendous leadership,” said Medicaid Director Lynch.  “While it is difficult to leave, I am proud of the success we’ve seen and know that the dedicated and talented team at DHHS will continue to deliver on our mission.”


Current Medicaid and Long-Term Care Deputy Director for Policy and Communications Rocky Thompson will serve as Acting Director of the Division of Medicaid and Long-Term Care at DHHS until a permanent replacement is named. 


“While it is difficult to lose Calder, it is heartening to know that his leadership and talent will benefit our nation’s health care system in new and impactful ways,” said DHHS CEO Courtney Phillips.  “I’m confident that Rocky will keep us moving forward as interim director while we find a permanent replacement.”


Lynch has served as Nebraska’s Medicaid director since March 9, 2015.