Nebraska Medicaid Director Dies of Cancer

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Vivianne Chaumont, a state agency director who oversaw Nebraska's Medicaid and long-term care services, has died of cancer.  Department of Health and Human Services CEO Kerry Winterer said Chaumont died Thursday. She was 60.  Chaumont was appointed to the HHS System's Finance and Support agency in May 2007. She became director of Medicaid and Long-Term Care Services in July 2007. She previously served as a Colorado Assistant Attorney General, and worked in the California Department of Health Services.  Winterer says Chaumont was a dedicated public servant, and cared deeply about the program that served more than 230,000 people who depend on Medicaid.  Gov. Dave Heineman says Chaumont should be remembered for her commitment other people.  Chaumont is survived by three children.