Gov. Bullock's health policy adviser resigns

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Gov. Steve Bullock's health policy adviser has left the governor's office to take a new job.

Cindy Stergar was appointed to the position in December but vacated the office earlier this month to take a medical consultant position in Missoula. She previously worked as the CEO of a Butte clinic that serves low-income patients.

Stergar helped design Bullock's health insurance proposal to expand Medicaid in Montana.

Supporters of Medicaid expansion say expanding the state-federal program would have offered much-needed health insurance to 70,000 low-income Montanans and created thousands of new jobs. The plan was rejected by the 2013 Legislature.

Officials in Bullock's office tell Lee Newspapers of Montana that he will continue to work on expanding health care access and appoint a new health policy adviser this summer.

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