July 15, 2020

State of Alabama
Press Release: Medicaid

Remembering Former Commissioner W.H. “Hoke” Kerns

In this 50th year of Alabama Medicaid, it is appropriate to recognize the contribution of Commissioner William Holcombe (Hoke) Kerns Sr. who passed away on Sunday, July 12, 2020 at the age of 90. During his two–year service to the Agency beginning in 1979, he effectively led the program from a $43 million deficit to a $6 million surplus.

Commissioner Stephanie Azar said, "His leadership and legacy positively impacted the healthcare industry, especially for those who are the most vulnerable in our state. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Mr. Kerns.”

To view Mr. Kerns’ obituary, select the following link:  https://www.legacy.com/obituaries/montgomeryadvertiser/obituary.aspx?n=william-holcomb-kerns&pid=196491974.

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