Barbour Names New Medicaid Director

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Bob Robinson is Gov. Haley Barbour's pick to become Mississippi's new Medicaid director. The 70-year-old Iuka native has held several high-level state government jobs. He will start at Medicaid Oct. 1.

Former state Rep. Bobby Moody has been acting director of Medicaid since Barbour's first Medicaid director, Dr. Warren Jones, left the agency July 1. Moody will resume his job as one of Medicaid's two deputy directors.

From 1973 to 1976, Robinson was executive director of the Mississippi Agricultural and Industrial Board, a predecessor to the current Mississippi Development Authority.

Robinson was executive director of the Governor's Office of Job Development and Training from 1980 to 1981 under Gov. William Winter.

Robinson was state personnel director from 1991 to 1993 and executive director of the Mississippi Department of Transportation from 1993 to 1998.

Medicaid is a federal-state program that helps pay for health care for the needy, aged, blind and disabled, and for low-income families with children. About one in every four Mississippians is enrolled in the program.