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Fri May 2, 2014

Arkansas Medicaid Director Andy Allison To Leave Post

DHS Director John Selig, Director Division of Medical Services Andy Allison.
File photo of DHS Director John Selig (left) and Medicaid Director Andy Allison at a meeting in March 2013.
Credit Nathan Vandiver / KUAR

The director of Arkansas' Medicaid office who led implementation of the private option is leaving his position.

Andy Allison has been state Medicaid director since 2011. The Department of Human Services announced Friday that Allison would leave, as of June 1 to pursue other opportunities.

Allison has led the Medicaid program through adoption of the private option health insurance program, which the Legislature created to accommodate President Barack Obama's Medicaid expansion plan.

The state Medicaid director of Health Care Innovation, Dawn Zekis, will step in as interim director.

DHS Director John Selig says the agency will conduct a nationwide search to replace Allison.

Selig praised Allison's expertise in getting the private option successfully launched. More than 155,000 people have applied for coverage under the plan.