BISMARCK — The North Dakota Department of Human Services named a health policy expert and economist to lead a division overseeing its Medicaid services Friday, July 12.

Caprice Knapp will lead the department's Medical Services Division, which administers Medicaid services, the Children's Health Insurance Program, autism services and other functions in the state's largest agency. The division has a 2019-21 general fund budget of about $716 million, while the entire agency's total budget clocks in at $4.1 billion.

Knapp will take over for Maggie Anderson, who retired in May.

Knapp was previously the federal policy director of Molina Healthcare, a multi-state managed care organization. She also was a policy fellow for a congressional committee, where she researched and helped draft bills, according to a news release.

“As Medicaid Director, I will have an opportunity to lead a team with a focus on improving the health of vulnerable North Dakotans, ensuring efficient use of taxpayer dollars, and building and maintaining trusting relationships with the health care community,” she said in a statement.