HELENA – Gov. Steve Bullock’s health policy adviser has left to take a new job, after just four months in the governor’s office.
Cindy Stergar left the position in the governor’s office earlier this month to take a job with a medical-consulting firm in Missoula.
Bullock appointed Stergar in late December as his health and human services adviser. She worked on issues such as the proposed expansion of Medicaid, the state-federal program that pays medical bills for the poor and disabled.
The 2013 Legislature rejected Bullock’s proposal to expand Medicaid to cover 70,000 Montana adults without health insurance.
Before joining the governor’s office, Stergar was CEO of the Butte Community Health Center, a federally funded clinic that serves mostly low- and moderate-income clients.
Officials in Bullock’s office said he will hire a successor to Stergar this summer, as the governor plans to continue to work on proposals to expand health care access and coverage in the state.