Dr. Rebekah Gee, assistant professor at LSU Health School of Public Health in Health Policy and Systems Management and at the School of Medicine obstetrics and gynecology department has been appointed Louisiana Secretary of Health and Hospitals by new Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards.
Dr. Gee, who serves as Medicaid Medical Director, will now oversee the Medicaid program expansion to approximately 300,000 state residents who are among the working poor. That expansion under the Affordable Care Act was signed into law earlier this week by Governor Edwards with the intent providing access to Medicaid to most of these residents by July 1.
“Our resilience is what makes us strong — what makes us Louisiana,” Dr. Gee said. “I pledge to you I will use all of the skills I’ve used as a physician, a patient, a parent, and a policymaker to do everything I can to improve the lives and health of people in this great state.”
Dr. Gee holds her MPH from Columbia University and her medical degree from Cornell. After training in the obstetrics/gynecology residency at Harvard University Brigham and Women’s and Massachusetts General Hospitals, she completed a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars program at the University of Pennsylvania, earning a MS in Health Policy Research. Upon moving to New Orleans in 2009, she served as medical director for the state’s Title V maternal health federal block program and in 2010 was named director of Louisiana’s Birth Outcomes Initiative focused on improving Louisiana women and children’s health. That position ranked in the Assistant Secretary level for the state’s Department of Health and Hospitals.