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Holly Benson rearranges the deck chairs

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Holly Benson, secretary of the state Agency for Health Care Administration, wants a new inspector general. Gone is Linda Keen, who earned $115,000 a year and attracted attention last year for a report that red-flagged all kinds of problems with Florida's Medicaid "reform" pilot program, including a lack of quality data to determine whether the new program was saving the state money.

The Medicaid overhaul was former Gov. Jeb Bush's idea. Who sponsored the legislation creating it? That would be former Rep. Holly Benson of Pensacola, who became AHCA chief last February. Is this a case of Benson shooting the messenger? "No," she said. "Teams change with time." Ken Yon, formerly AHCA's director of Medicaid program integrity, is the acting inspector general.

Reached at home, Keen declined to comment except to say that Benson asked her to resign. As resignation letters go, this one reads a little cold. Check it out here.   

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 11:29am]

    

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