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Humana makes changes in Capitol, parting ways with Jon Bussey

After scoring a big victory in a statewide Medicaid managed-care procurement, Humana and Jon Bussey, who served as its regional director of corporate affairs, have parted ways.

Humana Director of Corporate Communications Mark Mathis confirmed the separation in an email to The News Service of Florida, saying the company made a decision last year to “restructure our Tallahassee government affairs team to align with new business strategies.”

According to his LinkedIn profile, Bussey was the health insurance company’s principal representative before state executive, legislative and regulatory bodies, including departments of insurance as well as state health and Medicaid agencies, in Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas, North Carolina and South Carolina. In the profile, he said he was responsible for providing strategic support on policy, political, public-sector procurement and regulatory matters, including commercial, long-term-care, Medicaid and Medicare and specialty insurance products.

The Florida Agency for Health Care Administration announced April 24 its decision to enter into five-year Medicaid contracts worth up to $90 billion with nine Medicaid managed care plans. If the decision stands, Humana will operate statewide.

Twelve managed care companies have filed petitions with the state notifying Medicaid officials of their intent to legally fight the decisions if changes aren’t made.

AHCA Secretary Justin Senior, Medicaid director Beth Kidder, and three other agency staff members have been meeting with the companies this week in hopes of avoiding litigation.

The News Service of Florida provides journalists, lobbyists, government officials and other civic leaders with comprehensive, objective information about the activities of state government year-round.

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