SC Medicaid director confirmed by Senate panel

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley's nominee
to run the state's cash-strapped Medicaid agency has won approval
during his Senate confirmation hearing.
      The Medical Affairs Committee on Thursday unanimously approved
Anthony Keck to run the South Carolina Department of Health and
Human Services. The full Senate still must vote on his nomination.
      The 43-year-old Keck is Haley's choice to run the agency that
provides health care coverage for the state's elderly, disabled and
      He has been deputy secretary for Louisiana's Department of
Health and Hospitals since October 2009.
      Keck would take over an agency that has a $228 million deficit.
The agency has said it will stop paying health care providers on
March 1 if the state doesn't allow it to run a deficit.
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