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HEALTH CARE FINANCING ADMINISTRATION SELECTS DIRECTOR OF MEDICAID BUREAU

 WASHINGTON, Sept. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Bruce C. Vladeck, administrator of the Health Care Financing Administration, announced today that Sally K. Richardson, a West Virginia health official, has been selected to be director of HCFA's Medicaid Bureau.
 The Medicaid Bureau provides health care services to 31 million Medicaid recipients at a cost to the federal government and the states of $120.2 billion in FY 1992.
 Richardson has been director of the West Virginia Public Employees Insurance Agency since 1989 and chair of its finance board since 1990. The state agency is responsible for the health and life insurance of 93,000 employees and 125,000 dependents.
 She has been the vice chair of the West Virginia Health Care Planning Commission since 1991. In this role, she was the governor's designee to oversee the work of the legislative commission charged with developing a system of universal access to affordable, quality health care for all West Virginia residents.
 In February 1993, Richardson took a leave of absence from her state responsibilities and served for three months as a member of President Clinton's Working Group on Health Care Reform.
 "Sally Richardson brings invaluable experience to the Medicaid Bureau from her years of health care experience in state government," Vladeck said.
 She replaces Rozann Abato, Medicaid Bureau acting director since January, who will return to her permanent position as deputy director.
 Richardson was a special assistant for human services for Gov. John D. Rockefeller IV from 1977 to 1978.
 From 1978 to 1979, she was the deputy commissioner of the West Virginia Department of Welfare Planning and Evaluation, and from 1979 to 1983, she was the deputy director of the West Virginia Department of Health.
 Richardson was then the chairperson of the West Virginia Health Care Cost Review Authority from 1983 to 1985.
 From 1985 to 1989, she was a private consultant for Health Management Strategies in Charleston, W.Va.
 Richardson received a bachelor's degree from Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, N.Y.
 She has been involved in professional associations and activities related to rural health care and state health care reform. Some of these include the steering committee on alternative systems and cost management of the National Academy for State Health Policy; the legislative task force on uncompensated care and Medicaid expenditures run by the West Virginia Legislature; and the meeting to consider the impact of the Jackson Hole proposals on rural states.
 Richardson is a native West Virginian and is married to Don R. Richardson, a professional engineer. They have two daughters, Paige and Evan.
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 /NOTE TO EDITORS: The Health Care Financing Administration, an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, helps pay the medical bills of 36 million Medicare beneficiaries and 31 million Medicaid recipients. HCFA's estimated expenditures are almost $230 billion./
 /CONTACT: Anne Verano of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 202-690-6145/


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