Personnel note: HHS policy coordinator Michael Anway joins Holland & Knight

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Former state Health and Human Services (HHS) policy coordinator is joining global law firm Holland & Knight’s Florida Government Advocacy Team as a senior policy advisor based in Tallahassee.

Serving under Gov. Rick Scott, Anway aided in developing policy, evaluating legislation and making budget recommendations for the six agencies under HHS jurisdiction.

“Over the past few years, Mike has been involved in every minor and major decision involving healthcare policy and budget in the state,” said Mark Delegal, co-chair of Holland & Knight’s Florida Government Advocacy Team. “His experience at the state level and in Washington, D.C. will make him a valuable resource to a wide variety of Holland & Knight clients.”

Previously, Anway served as federal affairs director of Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA), successfully advancing the industry’s policy and legislative objectives during the 2012 re-authorization of the Prescription Drug User Fee Act.

Anway was a staffer for U.S. Sen. Sam Brownback of Kansas, acting as chief healthcare legislative counsel during the Senate consideration of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). He also worked as counsel to U.S. Rep. Cliff Stearns of Florida, advising the congressional representative of health care, budget, trade, social security, labor and agriculture issues.

In his new role at Holland & Knight, Anway will focus on advising health care industry clients, Medicaid vendors and providers; pharmaceutical, medical device and biotechnology companies; hospitals and research institutions; and technology companies on their government relations strategies.

In addition, veteran healthcare lobbyist Mike Hightower this month joined the Florida Government Advocacy Team led by former Gov. Bob Martinez in Tampa and Delegal in Tallahassee.

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