Tag: Audrey Brown
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers perform at KAABOO 2017. Image via The Associated Press.

Christine Jordan SextonNovember 3, 2021

The state’s Medicaid managed dental care program draws few complaints about the care it provides and users are highly satisfied, a high ranking health care official in the administration of Gov. Ron DeSantis contends. Still, Florida Medicaid Director Tom Wallace says he would prefer the delivery of health care and dental care not be split […]

Ryan NicolDecember 12, 2018

Part of the transition team for Governor-elect Ron DeSantis met Wednesday to discuss ways to lower health care costs. The Transition Advisory Committee on Health and Wellness gathered at the Turnbull Conference Center at Florida State University Wednesday afternoon. That committee is chaired by Lieutenant Governor-elect Jeanette Nuñez and co-chaired by Alan Levine, the former Secretary of Florida’s […]

Drew WilsonMarch 9, 2017

The Florida Association of Health Plans will release a series of videos during the 2017 Legislative Session to highlight how help plans help Floridians. “As the 2017 Legislative Session gets underway and discussion and debate on the health care environment in our state continues, FAHP is launching the ‘Florida Patients Matter’ campaign and video series […]

Mitch PerryDecember 14, 2016

After years of Medicaid reform experiments, the state of Florida rolled out managed care for more than 3.6 million Floridians in the summer of 2014. But at a hearing of the Florida Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services on Wednesday, the reviews were poor from  long term health care providers about lengthy delays in receiving Medicaid payments. […]

Staff ReportsFebruary 17, 2016

The Senate Health and Human Services Appropriations Subcommittee on Wednesday voted 5-3 to approve a bill that targets funding for family planning and women’s health. The bill, sponsored by Sen. Kelli Stargel, says clinics that offer abortion services, like Planned Parenthood, are prohibited from receiving state funding. Laura Goodhue, executive director of the Florida Alliance […]

Ryan RayFebruary 16, 2016

The Senate Health Policy Committee on Tuesday heard a workshop about changes to the state’s managed-care plans as they relate to pharmacists. The state Agency for Health Care Administration’s Deputy Secretary for Medicaid Justin Senior said the current plan works just fine, with providers abiding by strict time and distance standards: the maximum time from a pharmacy […]

Staff ReportsFebruary 16, 2016

The Florida Senate Banking and Insurance Committee approved a proposal (SB 1442) that bans the practice of balance billing. The proposal, sponsored by Sen. Rene Garcia, is backed by CFO Jeff Atwater, who has said he wants consumers to pay no more than that what they would pay had they been in-network. Audrey Brown, president […]

Ryan RayJanuary 26, 2016

Despite some pushback from health insurance carriers, the Senate Health & Human Services Appropriations Committee approved a bill to reform children’s dental coverage by creating an independent program to administer it under the state’s Medicaid regime. The bill, SB 994, is sponsored by newly minted Senate President-to-be Sen. Joe Negron. Negron said the state’s participation levels in the program […]

Phil AmmannJanuary 25, 2016

Since the State of Florida has moved away from a fragmented fee-for-service system of healthcare delivery toward a more holistic approach to care through the Statewide Medicaid Managed Care (SMMC) program, we’ve learned many lessons. One of the most important is that a coordinated healthcare delivery system that addresses whole-body health leads to more effective, […]


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