Longtime Florida state health official Thomas Arnold has been appointed secretary of the state's Agency for Health Care Administration after the former secretary, Holly Benson, resigned in order to run for Florida attorney general.
Arnold named to head Fla. health agency
Benson, 38, served about one year as director of the agency responsible for licensing Florida hospitals and managing the state's $18 billion Medicaid program before announcing that she will run in the Republican primary for state attorney general. She becomes the fourth contender in the race, and the second GOP candidate.
Arnold, 60, has a long career in administration at public health programs. He served as state Medicaid director from 2004 to 2007, following a lengthy stint in the state health department, where he worked as director of administration in 1998 until 2004, when he became deputy secretary. He returned to the health department in 2008 to serve as deputy state health officer before his appointment to chief of staff at AHCA. He worked at the Florida Department of Health and Rehabilitative Services from 1979 to 1998.
“With 30 years of experience with Florida's health and human service programs, Tom has the expertise we need at this critical time,” Gov. Charlie Crist said in a news release.
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