Nebraska lawmakers confirm new executives for DHHS

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Nebraska lawmakers have confirmed three key executives within the Department of Health and Human Services.

Senators on Tuesday voted in favor of Courtney Phillips as the department’s CEO, Calder Lynch as the state Medicaid director, and John Hilgert as director of the Division of Veterans’ Homes.

Phillips and Lynch come to Nebraska from Louisiana’s Department of Health and Hospitals. Both were appointed by Gov. Pete Ricketts at the end of a national search.

Hilgert has served as director of the Division of Veterans’ Homes since 2007. He also serves as director of the Nebraska Department of Veterans’ Affairs.

Sen. Kathy Campbell of Lincoln, chairwoman of the Health and Human Services Committee, says Phillips has shown great enthusiasm for working with lawmakers to improve the department.

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