SC Medicaid chief to step down

Christian Soura (File/ SCETV)

The man who leads the South Carolina agency responsible for overseeing Medicaid and other health services across the state plans to leave his job next week, according to a release from the Governor’s Office on Thursday.

Christian Soura has served as director of the Department of Health and Human Services since his appointment by then-Gov. Nikki Haley in late 2014. Prior to that, he was Haley’s top advisor on budget-related issues. Soura kept a low-profile during his time leading the agency, even as its budget by about $800 million in total federal and state funding between 2014 and the current House budget plan.

Soura’s last day on the job will be April 6 before he takes an undisclosed “private sector” job. In his announcement, Soura was proud of a decline in infant deaths over the past decade.

“I am proud to have been part of a team that has worked hard every day to help our friends and neighbors who have needed it the most,” he said in a statement. “Through the continued success of the Birth Outcomes Initiative and now our groundbreaking Pay-for-Success waiver with the Nurse-Family Partnership, we’ve put South Carolina at the forefront of a national effort to use evidence-based policy to improve outcomes for vulnerable moms and babies.”

Gov. Henry McMaster said he has appointed a search committee of several legislators and healthcare leaders to help him find a replacement. he agency’s current deputy director of health programs Deirdra Singleton will act as interim director.