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Florida managed care executive Tammy Meyerson dies

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Tamara Fox Meyerson, president and chief executive officer of the South Florida-based Preferred Medical Plan, died on Friday. She was 45.

“It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Mrs. Tamara Fox Meyerson,” the health plan noted on its website.

“Tammy was our leader, our colleague, and our friend. Her family and all of us who worked with her over her decades of service to Preferred Medical Plan and the South Florida community miss her dearly. Her loss was sudden, and our grief is profound.”

Meyerson was at the helm of Preferred Medical Plan for more than 20 years. The HMO is one of the oldest independently owned and licensed managed care organization in Florida, with more than 40 years in the business.

Though the HMO is based in South Florida, Meyerson was well known in Tallahassee insurance and managed care circles and often travelled to the Capitol to track legislative developments or attend rule hearings at the Office of Insurance Regulation and the Agency for Health Care Administration. Often, she would be the only female chief executive officer in the meeting.

Though petite in stature, Meyerson could was a force to be reckoned with when advocating on policy. She was broadly respected by her peers, even those who were legislatively at odds with her.

News of her death spread quickly among health insurance and health care lobbyists across the state.

According to the health plan’s website, Preferred Medical’s board of directors has named Albert Arca to serve as the company’s president and Joseph Rogers to serve as its chief executive officer.

Meyerson was named by the South Florida Business Journal as one of the “Power Leaders in Health Care” in 2014. She served on the Florida International University Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine Dean’s Advisory Council.

She was well-connected in political circles and in October 2014 was listed in the Crowley Political Report as an event chair for fundraising event for Gov. Rick Scott and the Florida Republican Party at the Biltmore Hotel. Former Gov. Jeb Bush, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio and Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera were guests at the event, according to the article.

Myerson’s obituary says she os survived by her husband, Joel, sons Jared and Dean, daughter Amber, mother Sylvia Urlich, six brothers and sisters – Jeffery, Susan, Jonathan, Gregory, Kevin and Candace – in-laws, 27 nephews and nieces, and many life-long friends.

Preferred Medical Plan on May 11 announced it had stopped all new enrollment and the renewal of current enrollment for all lines of business.

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