Personnel note: Chris Chaney joins Cardenas Partners

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The Advocacy Group at Cardenas Partners today announced Chris Chaney is joining the firm. The announcement comes following Chaney’s service as Legislative Affairs Director at Florida’s Agency for Health Care Administration, where he gained first-hand knowledge of the new health care market place at the highest level of state government.

“Florida, like many states, is facing budgetary challenges along with difficult decisions on health care policy. There are many stakeholders impacted by the strategic decisions being made now and in the future,” said Al Cardenas, senior partner of The Advocacy Group at Cardenas Partners.  “Our firm understands these challenges and to better serve our clients, we are very pleased to announce that Chris Chaney is joining our firm effective January 29, 2014. We are confident that Chris will be a major contributor to the health care debate in our state.”

During his tenure at AHCA, Chaney ran point on policy and appropriation issues before state lawmakers, including the licensure and regulation of all health care facilities in Florida and operation of Florida’s Medicaid program. He played a key role in drafting legislation and developing the agency’s legislative package. Chaney worked to ensure passage of several major reform initiatives, most notably, the revolutionary Statewide Medicaid Managed Care Program. Chaney also spent time as the acting chief of staff, where he helped the secretary manage AHCA’s 1,600 employees and $24 billion operating budget. As chief of staff, Chaney oversaw legislative, communications and external affairs.

“I am honored and privileged to have had the opportunity to serve the people of our state in my role at AHCA,” said Chaney. “I look forward to opening a new chapter as I join one of Florida’s most respected and influential lobbying firms.”

Prior to working at AHCA, Chaney was an advisor to then Governor-Elect Rick Scott.  As a member of Scott’s Health and Human Services Transition Team, Chaney was responsible for identifying talent for executive level service at AHCA, the Department of Health, the Department of Elder Affairs and the Agency for Persons with Disabilities.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.