State hires new Medicaid director

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The Kansas health department announced Friday that it hired the state Medicaid inspector general to oversee the state’s Medicaid program.

Sarah Fertig will be moving over from the attorney general’s office to become the Medicaid director for the Department of Health and Environment.

“Sarah is a tremendous talent and we are very fortunate to have her join our team,” said Health Secretary Lee Norman.

“Her previous experience as the Medicaid inspector general will help us not only improve our operations but improve our services to Kansans.”

Sarah Fertig

Fertig will take the helm from Christiane Swartz, who has been working as the interim Medicaid director.

The previous Medicaid director, Adam Proffitt, left the agency in June after a little more than two years to take a job with Amazon.

Fertig also has served as an assistant attorney general from 2011 to 2018 , including work in the legal opinions and government counsel division.

She also worked as the inspector general for the Juvenile Justice Authority from 2007 to 2011 and before that in the Global Pharmaceutical and Health Sciences Division of PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Fertig earned her bachelor’s and law degrees from the University of Kansas.