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Breaking News: State Health Care Finance Commissioner Jumps To Steward

David Morales, Commissioner, Division of Health Care Finance and Policy, at cost-control hearings last year

This just in: David Morales will step down as Commissioner of the Division of Health Care Finance and Policy to become the Vice President for Public Policy and Strategic Planning for Steward Health Care, the owners of the now-private Caritas Christi chain of hospitals.

Here’s the release:

BOSTON – Friday, March 4, 2011 – The Patrick-Murray Administration today announced that David Morales will step down from his role as Commissioner of the Division of Health Care Finance and Policy effective today to take a position at Steward Health Care System.

“David Morales is a dedicated public servant who has made valuable contributions to the Commonwealth during his years in state government – first in the Legislature, then as my deputy chief of staff, and most recently as Commissioner of the Division of Health Care Finance and Policy,” said Governor Patrick. “For the past four years, David has been an important part of this Administration, and we will miss his dedication, thoughtfulness and passion.”

Secretary of Health and Human Services Dr. JudyAnn Bigby, said, “Since his appointment in 2009, Commissioner Morales has effectively overseen the development of a broad range of reports that offer policymakers, providers, insurers, consumers, and members of the press with vital insight into the state of the health care system in Massachusetts. We thank him for his service to the Commonwealth and wish him well in his new role.”

Until a new Commissioner is identified, Chief Operating Officer and Chief of Staff Seena Carrington will serve as Acting Commissioner.