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Confirmation of 4 Florida agency heads going to Senate floor

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The confirmation of four agency heads in Florida Gov. Rick Scott‘s administration will be headed to the Senate floor. The Ethics and Elections Committee on Monday voted in support of the confirmations of Jeffrey Bragg as Secretary of Elderly Affairs, Dr. Celeste Philip as Surgeon General, Justin Senior as Secretary of Health Care Administration and Glenn Sutphin as Director of Department of Veterans Affairs. All four are expected to be approved by the full Senate. Last year, Dr. John Armstrong…

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Rick Scott’s executive appointments may be in trouble after all

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Senate President Andy Gardiner isn’t making any promises that the Senate will confirm Gov. Rick Scott‘s appointments for agency heads. Gardiner said he couldn’t make any assurances that the Senate would confirm any of the governor’s appointments, including Agency for Health Care Administration Secretary Liz Dudek, who transformed the state’s Medicaid program into a mandatory managed-care health delivery system. Gardiner told reporters earlier in the month that he would not let the impasse over healthcare financing and Medicaid expansion interfere…

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Senate grills, then confirms AHCA Secretary Liz Dudek

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The Senate Ethics and Elections Committee voted 8-1 to approve Liz Dudek‘s appointment as head of the state Agency for Health Care Administration but only after she answered more than an hour’s worth of questions regarding Low Income Pool funding, Medicaid expansion and how negotiations are evolving with the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Senators asked some pointed questions and Dudek–a longtime state healthcare planner who is held in high regard by the Florida Legislature–gave senators the answers…

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