Anthony Keck is Director of the South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services – the state Medicaid agency – for Governor Nikki R. Haley. He holds a bachelor degree in industrial engineering and a master degree in public health from the University of Michigan and is completing his doctoral thesis in health systems management at Tulane University focusing on physician workforce issues.

Prior to coming to South Carolina Mr. Keck served in the administration of Governor Bobby Jindal of Louisiana – serving as policy and social service advisor to the Governor, as well as serving as both chief of staff and deputy secretary of the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals. Under his leadership the department greatly expanded community based services for children and adults with mental illness and intellectual disabilities while at the same time reducing overall costs department wide.

Before entering government four years ago, Mr. Keck taught health care management and policy at Tulane University, and managed and consulted in hospitals, clinics and the medical product industry in the United States and Latin America for almost 20 years.

Recent Posts by Anthony Keck

South Carolina’s View: The Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid Expansion Is The Wrong Approach

Editor’s note: See Maryland Medicaid director Charles Milligan’s earlier Health Affairs Blog post for a different view of the ACA’s Medicaid expansion. This year more than 1.1 million people will enroll in South Carolina Medicaid — almost one-quarter of our population...

South Carolina: Explaining A Finding Against A State-Based Exchange

This past November a committee created under executive order by South Carolina Governor Nikki R. Haley recommended rejecting a state-based health insurance exchange as currently defined by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.  After months of review, we determined that states have...

The ACA Threatens Access To Care For Medicaid Patients

It was recently reported that a study in the Annals of Internal Medicine found, contrary to expectations, that demands on safety-net providers in Massachusetts have actually increased as a result of moving to a full coverage model.  While the study concludes that patients choose to use...