Monday, June 16, 2014
Pence Fires FSSA Secretary
Gov. Mike Pence has fired Family & Social Services Secretary Debra Minott after less than 18 months on the job from what is one of the most important administrative appointments in state government in terms of size and impact on Hoosier lives. The governor's office confirmed to the Star that discussions about Minott's planned departure signal a change in direction at the agency. "When asked if Minott was leaving on her own accord, the governor’s office said details would be coming," the Star reported. "But no further information on the reason for the “change in direction” was offered." Minott's departure comes at a time when the Pence administration is seeking a waiver from the federal government for its expanded Healthy Indiana Plan ("HIP") to provide health care coverage to lower-income Hoosiers.