A new administrator for Arizona’s administrative services has been chosen to lead the state’s Medicaid and Medicare programs.
Biden administration officials announced Wednesday that Richard L. Johnson will be the next administrator of the Arizona Department of Health Services, which administers the state Medicaid and Medicaid-for-the-poor programs.
Johnson, who previously worked for the U.S. Department of Agriculture and served as deputy secretary of the U,S.
Agency for International Development, will be formally sworn in at 1 p.m.
Friday, a spokesperson for the governor’s office said.
The governor announced Johnson as the new administrator of state Medicaid in February.
Johnson was previously the deputy director of the Office of Administration at the U.,S.
The announcement came after Johnson and a bipartisan group of lawmakers on Tuesday asked Johnson to be the acting administrator of Arizona’s Medicaid program.
The governor’s administration has said it would be inappropriate to wait until after the legislative session ends to name a new administrator.
The new governor appointee will be in charge of all of the state agency’s programs and administrative services, including Medicaid, child care, family planning, child welfare, employment and public assistance.
The administration also has been responsible for the health care delivery system, including the state health insurance exchange and the state-run health care plan.
The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee voted in March to delay Johnson’s nomination until July, citing concerns about the governor choosing a new Medicaid administrator who would not have served in the administration previously.
Johnson has been with the state since 2009.
In the past, he was a legislative aide for then-Gov.
Jan Brewer and then-Sen. David Grosso.
He also served as a legislative staffer for Sen. David Kustoff, R-Phoenix, before moving to Johnson’s office.
The Arizona House of Representatives passed a bill in February that would have delayed Johnson’s confirmation until July 2018, but the Senate later passed a version that would extend the deadline to Jan. 31, 2019.