Florida Gov. Charlie Christ appointed Holly Benson, a former state representative, to succeed Andrew Agwunobi as head of Floridas Agency for Health Care Administration, which oversees the states Medicaid program. Her start date is Feb. 25.
Agwunobi, 42, is expected to step down Feb. 22 after roughly one year as the agencys secretary to become chief executive officer of Providence Health Care, a four-hospital subsidiary of Providence Health & Services, Seattle. Prior to joining AHCA, Agwunobi was chief operating officer at St. Joseph Health System, Orange, Calif. On assuming the agency post, he also resigned after serving six months as director of for-profit WellCare Health Plans, a Tampa, Fla., managed-care company that lost three top executives in January in the wake of federal and state investigations.
Benson, 36, is Floridas secretary of the Department of Business and Professional Regulation; she is expected to step down Feb. 22. Benson was a state representative from 2000 to 2006. -- by Melanie Evans