Gov. Jay Inslee today announced that Lou McDermott will serve as interim director of the Washington State Health Care Authority. He replaces Dorothy Frost Teeter, who announced her departure from the agency in May after leading it for four years.
“Lou has a strong record of service and results within state government. His experience will make him a great asset to HCA in this time of change,” Inslee said. “I am grateful to Dorothy for her leadership during a tumultuous time in health care.”
McDermott has been director of the HCA’s Public Employees Benefits (PEB) Division since 2012. He is responsible for the public employee insurance benefit programs that cover 370,000 public employees and retirees. McDermott also leads the state’s ambitious and innovative plan to enhance Washington’s approach to worksite wellness and focus on health care payment reform.