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A Utah man has been named the new director of the Nebraska Division of Medicaid and Long-Term Care, Gov. Pete Ricketts announced Monday. 

Kevin Bagley, who replaces Matthew Van Patton, who left in February, has worked for the Utah Division of Medicaid since 2011 and is the director of long-term services and supports in the division.

“Kevin’s extensive expertise in Medicaid operations will be especially valuable as Nebraska enhances the Heritage Health Adult Plan and continuously improves customer service,” Ricketts said. 

Kevin Bagley

Kevin Bagley, director of the Division of Medicaid and Long-Term Care at the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services.

Bagley, 37, has collaborated in Utah with community stakeholders; federal, state, and local government agencies; and providers. He has worked with health plans and other community-based organizations to assess and review rate changes, patient access, utilization patterns, clinical standards, provider participation criteria and consumer and provider satisfaction.

He has also worked with the Utah Legislature, provider networks and consumer advocacy groups to design and implement new strategic programs.

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During his Utah Division of Medicaid tenure, he has been an actuarial specialist, a process implementation manager and assistant director of authorizations.

He has a Master of Business Administration from Utah State University and a Bachelor of Arts in economics from Brigham Young University.

Bagley will start his job in Nebraska on Nov. 30 and be paid $160,000.

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