And this time a boatload of taxpayer's money is going through the door, too:
Steckel is leaving her $210,000 state position to be senior director of public policy at WellCare Health Plans, which provides managed care plans for Medicaid and Medicare.
The state Department of Health and Human Services is working on a plan to transform Medicaid that will open the $13 billion government health insurance program for the poor, elderly and disabled to management by private companies. They call the plan the “Partnership for a Healthy North Carolina,” and Steckel had the lead role in creating it.
This story could be a an entire chapter in Business Ethics 101, a model of what not to do. But it probably won't be mentioned in any Legislative oversight hearings, because the NC GOP thinks private companies should be running the government anyway.