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AG Derek Schmidt commends approval of Anderson as next Medicaid Inspector General

Release Date: Apr 06, 2021

TOPEKA – (April 6, 2021) – The Kansas Senate today unanimously confirmed the nomination of Steven D. Anderson as Medicaid Inspector General, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said.

The Senate voted 40-0 in support of Anderson, who replaces Sarah Fertig who resigned the position in July 2020 to become director of the state’s Medicaid program within the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. Anderson was nominated to the position in January.

“I am honored and excited to begin the hard work of this important oversight function,” Anderson said.

Anderson, who has spent more than 30 years in state and federal government, has served since 2016 as a special agent and supervisor of the investigative staff of the Medicaid Fraud and Abuse Division. He frequently coordinates issues within the Medicaid program with other state agencies, including the Kansas Department of Health and Environment and the Kansas Department for Children and Families.

Schmidt said he has confidence Anderson will lead the Office of Inspector General professionally and independently.

“Steve’s extensive experience as a watchdog over federal and state government programs will allow him to step right in and go to work to oversee the accountability of the Medicaid program in Kansas,” Schmidt said. “His knowledge of the program and investigative background will strengthen the Office of Medicaid Inspector General.”

Prior to joining the Office of the Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud and Abuse Division, Anderson served as a special agent in charge for the U.S. Department of Labor and U.S. Department of Education and as an assistant special agent for the General Services Administration. He also served as a special agent for the U.S. Air Force Office of Special Investigations at Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri. He earned a bachelor of science degree in human resource management from Park University. 

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