CareSource CEO to re­tire in May 2018

Pamela Mor­ris served in role since com­pany be­gan 28 years ago.

Dayton Daily News - - LOCAL & STATE - By Kaitlin Schroeder Staff Writer

The leader of CareSource, one of Day­ton’s largest com­pa­nies, is re­tir­ing next year.

Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer Pamela Mor­ris an­nounced she will re­tire from her role ef­fec­tive May 2018 af­ter lead­ing the Med­i­caid-man­aged care com­pany since its in­cep­tion 28 years ago.

“CareSource has been much more than a job for me, it has been my life’s pas­sion. Even in those early days through to­day, I have never lost sight of what I set out to do when I came to Day­ton and we started the Day­ton Area Health Plan,” Mor­ris said in a state­ment.

CareSource an­chors down­town Day­ton with about 2,000 em­ploy­ees, mak­ing it one of the largest em­ploy­ers in the city’s core. It is in the midst of build­ing a new six-story build­ing on East First Street near its head­quar­ters at the corner of Mon­u­ment Av­enue and Main Street, which are the only two ma­jor new of­fice build­ings to be built down­town in the past decade.

Mor­ris’ plans to step down from lead­ing the com­pany comes at a tu­mul­tuous time for the health care in­dus­try.

While the $7.2 bil­lion non­profit in­surer’s fo­cus is on man­ag­ing Med­i­caid plans, it also has plans next year to dra­mat­i­cally ex­pand how many coun­ties it sells health plans un­der the Af­ford­able Care Act ex­changes, de­spite the un­cer­tainty fac­ing the health in­sur­ance law, also known as Oba­macare.

CareSource made na­tional headlines when it stepped up to of­fer health plans in Pauld­ing County, which un­til that point had been the last county in the U.S. with­out

an in­surer lined up to sell a plan on the ACA ex­change in 2018.

Mor­ris pi­o­neered Ohio’s first manda­tory Med­i­caid man­aged care pro­gram and un­der her lead­er­ship, CareSource has grown to be­come one of the na­tion’s largest Med­i­caid Man­aged Care plans, serv­ing more than 1.8 million mem­bers in Ohio, Ken­tucky, In­di­ana, Ge­or­gia and West Vir­ginia.

The CareSource Man­age­ment Group Board of Di­rec­tors will con­duct a na­tional search for her suc­ces­sor. Mor­ris will be ac­tive in the search process and will also as­sist with the tran­si­tion.

Pamela Mor­ris, pres­i­dent and CEO of CareSource in Day­ton

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