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On behalf of the Foundation of Associated Industries of Florida (FAIF), the charitable organization responsible for the educational programming of Associated Industries of Florida, I want to personally thank each of you for making our 2014 Florida Health Care Affordability Summit a great success.

Once again, we were able to witness and take part in an objective, highly-engaging and, most importantly, uninhibited discussion among thought leaders from across the health care industry spectrum. We can all work toward practical, tangible solutions that will lower the barriers of accessibility to good, quality health care in the State of Florida for all.

Once again, we extend our gratitude to our sponsors, participating exhibitors, and highly-distinguished panelists, speakers and honorable moderators for their genuine interest in shaping the future of Florida’s health care system and contributing to the invaluable exchange of ideas that we left with.

We look forward to turning this wealth of information into real-life solutions that will work toward making Florida’s health care more accessible and affordable for all Floridians.


Tom Feeney
President & CEO
Associated Industries of Florida

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2014 Participants

Representative Matt Hudson
Chairman, Health Care Appropriations Subcommittee
Representative Matt Hudson (R-Naples) was first elected to the Florida House in 2007 and was subsequently reelected. Hudson has been reappointed as the Chair of the Health Care Appropriations Subcommittee and Vice Chair of the Select Committee on Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in the Florida House.
Representative Jason Brodeur
Chair, Health Innovation Subcommittee
Representative Jason Brodeur (R-Sanford) was elected to the Florida House in 2010 and was subsequently reelected. In 2013, Brodeur was appointed as the Chair of the Health Innovation Subcommittee and previously served as the Chair of the Government Operations Subcommittee.
Representative Jose Oliva
Chair, Select Committee on Health Care Workforce Innovation
Representative Jose Oliva (R-Miami Lakes) was elected to the Florida House in 2011 and was subsequently reelected. Oliva was appointed to his current position as the Chair of the Select Committee on Health Care Workforce Innovation in 2013.
Senator Joe Negron
Chair, Committee on Appropriations
Senator Joe Negron (R-Stuart) was elected to the Florida Senate in 2009 and has been subsequently reelected. Negron has been reappointed as the Chair for the Senate Committee on Appropriations and the Senate Select Committee on Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. In 2011, Negron served as Chair of the Senate Health and Human Services Appropriations Subcommittee, where he was instrumental in crafting and passing reform to Florida's Medicaid program.
Senator Aaron Bean
Chair, Health Policy Committee
Senator Aaron Bean (R-Fernandina Beach) is a former State Representative and current Senator for Florida Senate District 4. Bean has been reappointed as the Chair for the Senate Health Policy Committee. While serving in the Florida House, Aaron Bean was appointed Chairman of the Florida House Health Care Appropriations Committee.
Senator Denise Grimsley
Chair, Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services
Senator Denise Grimsley (R-Sebring) is a registered nurse who was first elected to the Florida House in 2004 and was subsequently reelected. Grimsley has been reappointed as the Chair for the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Health and Human Services. In 2011, Grimsley served as the Chair of the Appropriations Committee in the Florida House and was the first woman ever to serve in that role.
Arthur Agatston, MD
Author of “The South Beach Diet”
Dr. Agatston, best-selling author of “The South Beach Diet,” is known for numerous revolutionary ideas that are leading physicians and researchers to new territory in the fight against cardiovascular disease. In 2012, he joined Baptist Health Medical Group as medical director of Wellness and Prevention.
Paul H. Keckley, Ph.D.
Dr. Keckley is a health industry analyst and policy expert whose career spans four decades in health care. He is a frequent commentator in national media coverage about health reform, author of The Keckley Report and a columnist for Hospitals & Health Networks, the flagship publication of the American Hospital Association.
Nancy M. Green
Managing Principal, Verizon Healthcare
Green is a health care managing principal with Verizon Healthcare, the health care practice group within Verizon Enterprise Solutions. In this capacity, she focuses on strategic business development around innovation in health care, as well as the development of solutions and initiatives to address virtual care/telehealth, m-health, home health and converged wireless mobility.
Adam H. Putnam
Florida Commissioner of Agriculture
Commissioner Putnam was sworn into office on January 4, 2011. In this capacity, he oversees the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and serves as a member of Florida’s Cabinet. Commissioner Putnam’s priorities include fostering the growth and diversification of Florida agriculture; expanding access to Florida’s abundance of fresh produce, seafood and other products; securing a stable, reliable and diverse supply of energy; protecting the quantity and quality of the state’s water supply; and safeguarding consumers from deceptive business practices.
John H. Armstrong, MD, FACS
Florida State Surgeon General
Dr. Armstrong was appointed by Governor Rick Scott as Surgeon General and Secretary of Health for the State of Florida on April 27, 2012. A graduate of Princeton University, the University of Virginia School of Medicine, and the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, Dr. Armstrong believes that education and training are drivers for change.
David Chenoweth, Ph.D.
President of Chenoweth & Associates, Inc.
Dr. Chenoweth is president of Chenoweth & Associates, Inc., an international health data analysis and econometric consulting firm. For the past 34 years, he has conducted corporate and community-based health promotion program evaluations for organizations throughout the U.S., Europe, Scandinavia and Jamaica. In addition, he has conducted economic cost analyses on physical inactivity, obesity, diabetes and other risk factors for the states of California, Maine, Massachusetts, New York, Michigan, North Carolina, Texas and Washington.