No surprise here: Alan Levine, Gov. Jeb Bush's chief health care advisor who runs Florida's massive Medicaid program, got the job he wanted. The former Pasco hospital executive was the unanimous pick Wednesday of the North Broward Hospital District to run a group of tax-assisted hospitals in Broward at a starting salary of about $500,000 a year. That's more than three times as much money as Levine makes running the state Agency for Health Care Administration. Levine's exit will force Bush to find a caretaker to run AHCA for the final six months of his term as governor.
The selection of Levine by the politically-charged hospital district was never really in doubt, in part because he comes with a positive recommendation from Bush and the seven hospital board commissioners are all Bush appointees. Levine's move comes three days before the scheduled July 1 roll-out of a revamped Medicaid program that he and Bush helped push through Washington last year. One of the two pilot counties for the program is Broward.