Health care industry professional Jean Kranz will be the new director of West Virginia’s Children Health Insurance Program, Gov. Jim Justice’s office announced in a statement Wednesday.
CHIP is a federal and state program that provides low-cost health care coverage to kids in families who earn too much to qualify for Medicaid and have no other source for health care coverage. The program served approximately 32,000 children last year.
Kranz replaces Stacey Shamblin, who has been CHIP’s acting director since Dec. 16, 2016, when former director Sharon Carte retired. Shamblin was in a dual role as the director and the chief financial officer.
Kranz was most recently the West Virginia Family Health Plan’s director of Medicaid operations. She has worked in the health care industry for more than 25 years, the release says.
Kranz was also a senior consultant for The Lewin Group and project manager of the West Virginia Health Improvement Institute. Over her career, she’s worked with Highmark Health Services, the West Virginia Primary Care Association and the West Virginia Hospital Association.
Kranz will take over on July 1.