BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana has a new state Medicaid director.

Ruth Johnson started the job Monday in the middle of the coronavirus epidemic.

The state health department announced Johnson's hiring Monday. She has has worked in state government agencies across Louisiana, South Carolina and Texas over the last three decades.

Johnson worked as the secretary of the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services from 2010-12 during former Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration.

Most recently, Johnson was chief operating officer for the Texas Health and Human Services Commission.

Louisiana also will soon have a new health secretary. Courtney Phillips is supposed to take over the position later this month.

Phillips has led the Texas Health and Human Services Commission.

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