Indiana social services chief Minott leaving

Photo by Paige Clark, TheStatehouseFile.com
Photo by Paige Clark, TheStatehouseFile.com

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Family and Social Services Administration Secretary Debra Minott announced Monday she is leaving her job in the coming month.

Minott said in a statement Monday evening that she will be “transitioning” from her job leading the state’s main social services and welfare agency.

“I have appreciated the opportunity to serve FSSA and the taxpayers of Indiana for the past 17 months. We have all worked together to re-establish FSSA as an integrated, collaborative agency. I will be transitioning out of my role as Secretary over the next month or so and look forward to working with the Governor’s office to ensure an orderly transition to new leadership,” Minott said in an emailed statement.

She did not explain her reason for leaving in the statement.

“Governor Pence holds Secretary Minott in the highest regard and believes she has served the people of Indiana with integrity and professionalism,” Pence communications director Christy Denault said in a statement Monday.

Minott’s departure comes as Gov. Mike Pence and his health care team are in the middle of pitching the federal government on expanding low-income insurance using a state-run alternative to Medicaid. Minott had been one of a handful of top officials leading local meetings on the proposal in the past few weeks.

The governor is asking the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to approve an expansion of Medicaid using a modified version of the state’s Healthy Indiana Plan instead of traditional Medicaid. The plan would rely largely on federal funding but include requirements he says will promote personal responsibility among the state’s low-income population.

The governor is submitting his plan for consideration at the end of the month.

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