Beshear names former Tipper Gore aide Audrey Haynes as Health Cabinet secretary

03/15/2012 12:54 PM

Audrey Haynes, a Kentuckian most known for serving as chief of staff to Tipper Gore, will take over Kentucky’s Health and Family Services Cabinet at a time when the agency is under intense scrutiny for its oversight of Medicaid and social workers.

Gov. Steve Beshear announced the hire on Thursday, praising Haynes for her “large-scale organization management, policy development and government experience.”

Haynes most recently has served as vice president for governmental affairs for the national YMCA.

Haynes started her professional career as a social worker and eventually worked in the Kentucky’s Human Resources Cabinet as director of human resource development before then-Gov. Paul Patton appointed her to open the state’s Washington, D.C. office. From there, she served as second lady Tipper Gore’s top aide.

Haynes replaces Janie Miller who resigned last month. She takes over a cabinet that has interim commissioners in its two crucial departments: the Medicaid Department, which has overseen the rough transition to three managed care companies, and the Department for Community Based Services, which handles social work.


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