Former state Sen. Durell Peaden chosen as new chairman of Florida Health Choices

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Former state Senator Durell Peaden has been chosen as the new chairman of Florida Health Choices, which is planned as a new online marketplace for people to shop for health coverage.

Peaden, a Crestview Republican, served in the House from 1994 to 2000 and in the Senate from 2000 to 2010. He was chosen Jan. 22 to succeed Aaron Bean as chairman of Florida Health Choices, which lawmakers approved in 2008 and could begin enrolling small-business owners and their employees early this year.

Bean stepped down after getting elected in November to the Senate. “We will miss Senator Bean’s leadership,” Peaden said in a statement posted on the Florida Health Choices website. “I look forward to continuing to work with our committed team to bring the health insurance marketplace to Floridians.”

Via The News Service of Florida.

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