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Lieutenant Gov.-elect Jeanette Nunez is heading the health care committee(AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)


Jeanette Nuñez, Alan Levine to lead Ron DeSantis health panel

A former top health care regulator and Lt. Gov.-elect Jeanette Nuñez will chair Gov.-elect Ron DeSantis’ Transition Advisory Committee on Health and Wellness.

Chairs Alan Levine, former Secretary of the state Agency for Healthcare Administration, and Nuñez will be joined by more than 50 other health care professionals, regulators, and former officeholders to help develop and implement DeSantis’ health care vision, according to a news release from the DeSantis transition team.

That vision includes “empowering patients and expanding provider reach, fighting addiction and mental health problems and protecting Florida’s most vulnerable populations while lowering costs and respecting taxpayers’ money,” according to DeSantis transition spokesman Dave Vasquez.

The committee includes three former members of the Florida Legislature, including Nuñez, a former state Representative from Miami.

Former state Rep. Jason Brodeur, a Sanford Republican who was term-limited in 2018, will also have DeSantis’ ear on health policy. He has previously chaired the House Health and Human Services Committee.

Former Republican state Sen. Rene Garcia, of Hialeah, also has a spot on the health advising panel.

The committee is packed with leaders from various private health care providers, like longtime HCA executive and native Floridian Bryan Anderson, recently promoted to VP of Government Affairs at HCA.

Tim Stapleton, CEO of Florida Medical Association, which represents physicians across the state, also will be chiming in on DeSantis’ health care conversations. Notably, the Florida Medical Association PAC endorsed DeSantis shortly before the former Congressman’s primary victory against Republican Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam.

DeSantis, frequently criticized by opponents for taking his time to unveil a health care platform, has centered his impending health care policy decisions on the value of personal choice.

“Floridians have more choices in picking out their cellphone plans than their health insurance plans,” reads an early portion of DeSantis health care platform.

A full list of advisers appears below:

Dr. Michael Alessandri; Executive Director for Autism and Related Diseases

Maria Alonso; COO, Citrus Health Network

Bryan Anderson; VP of Government Affairs, HCA  Healthcare

Dr. JosePepeArmas; Founder, Chairman & CEO, MCCI Medical Group

Gabrielle Bargerstock; Florida Executive Director, Nurse-Family Partnership

Ann Barnhart; CEO, Heart of Florida Regional Medical Center

Jason Barrett; CEO, Flagler Hospital

Dr. Samira Beckwith; President & CEO, Hope Healthcare

Abigail Beebe; Chair, Executive Council of The Florida Bar Family Law Section

Charles Bender; Founding CEO & Board Member, Place of Hope

Thad Beshears; Co-Owner & COO, Simpson Nurseries

Dr. Andy Borom; Orthopedic Surgeon, Tallahassee Orthopedic Clinic

Tarren Bragdon; President & CEO, Foundation for Government Accountability

Former state Rep. Jason Brodeur; former Chairman, Florida House of Representatives Health and Human Services Committee

Audrey Brown; President & CEO, Florida Association of Health Plans

Nancy Bryan; President & CEO, BioFlorida

Ricky Caplin; CEO, HCI Group

Dr. Christopher Card; Chief of Community-Based Care, Eckerd Connects

Glen Casel; CEO, Community Based Care of Central Florida

Glen Feingold; Executive Vice President & COO, MCNA Dental

Aurelio Fernandez; President & CEO, Memorial Healthcare System

Dr. Edward Fidalgo; OB/GYN, South Miami Hospital and Mercy Hospital

Former state Sen. Rene Garcia; Executive Vice President, New Century Partnership

Dr. Vikram Gopal; Physician, Borland Groover

Jim Hill; President, Florida Juvenile Justice Association

Nelson Hincapie; President & CEO, Voices for Children Foundation

Roy H. Hinman II, M.D., Colonel, US Army (Ret.)

Scott Howell; Vice President of Internal & External Affairs, Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence

Roslind Hudson; Divisional Vice President, Behavioral Health Division, Universal Health Services

Chris Jacobs; Founder & CEO, Juniper Research Group

Edward Jimenez; CEO, University of Florida Health Shands

Dr. Steven Johnson; President & CEO, Health First

Kurt Kelly; CEO, Florida Coalition for Children

Dr. David Kenigsberg; President, Broward County Medical Association

Dr. Narendra Kini; CEO, Nicklaus Children’s Health System

Nicole de Lara Puente; CEO, Live Like Bella Childhood Cancer Foundation

Dr. Ken Lawson; Owner & Optometrist, Bayshore Eye Care

Ben Leon; CEO, Leon Medical Centers

Rebecca Matthews; CEO, Florida Healthy Kids

David R. Maymon; Founder, Advocate Home Care

Graci McGillicuddy; Chair, Board of Directors, All Star Children’s Foundation

Carlos Migoya; President & CEO, Jackson Health System

Joseph Mitchell; CEO, Summit Care and Member, American Health Care Association Board of Governors

Joe Mullany; Regional President & CEO, Bayfront Health

Deb Oberman; Vice President Public Affairs, Humana

Dr. Eduardo Otero; Regional Vice President, South Region, Florida Market, MEDNAX Pediatrix Medical Group

Dr. Jason Pirozzolo; Director of Sports Medicine and Trauma, Orlando Hand Surgery Associates

Dr. Jim Rubenstein; Co-Founder & Radiation Oncologist, 21st Century Oncology

Suzanne Sewell; President & CEO, Florida Association of Rehabilitation Facilities

Dr. David Shapiro; Board Member, Florida Society of Ambulatory Surgery Centers

Andrew Smith; Senior Vice President of External Affairs, Surterra Wellness

Tim Stapleton; CEO, Florida Medical Association

Roger Stevens; CEO, Westminster Communities of Florida

Mary Lynn Edwards Ulrey; CEO, DACCO Behavioral Health

Karen Unger, former Chief of Staff at AHCA

Mike Watkins; CEO, Big Bend Community Based Care

Dr. Zach Zachariah; President, Fort Lauderdale Heart Institute

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Danny McAuliffe is a Tallahassee correspondent for Florida Politics. He is a graduate of Florida State University, where he served as the editor of the FSView & Florida Flambeau. He is a lifelong Floridian and indulges in swimming, hiking, running and memes when the news cycle permits. Reach him at

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