Sam Brownback names Jeff Andersen new secretary for health and environment

Republican Gov. Sam Brownback named a new leader Friday to the state agency overseeing environmental management and the state’s beleaguered Medicaid program.


Brownback named Jeff Andersen, an insurance executive, as acting secretary of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment to replace Susan Mosier, who stepped down in November. Andersen will face confirmation by the Kansas Senate.

According to a release from Brownback’s office, Andersen previously served as executive of a hospital support company. Andersen holds a bachelor’s in business from the University of Kansas and a master’s in health care administration from the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

“Andersen’s extensive and successful background on both the provider side of health care, as well as with managed care, makes him a great leader for this very important agency,” Brownback said. “We are pleased he has chosen to join our team in this role.”

Brownback previously named KDHE attorney Darian Dernovish to fill the position on an interim basis while officials searched for a permanent replacement for Mosier.

KDHE and the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services are working to renew the state’s controversial privatized Medicaid program, KanCare, for another five years. Earlier this week, a group of Republican senators urged Brownback to put KanCare 2.0 on hold.