This is an interesting e-mail exchange that I’ve had with the Executive Director of Special Gathering:

From:  R Stimson

I received a call today that said that Senator Evelyn Lynn (from Volusia) is to introduce a bill to move APD (Agency for Persons with Disabilities) into AHCA (Agency for Health Care Administration).

(Note to reader from LGHoward:  In my years when I was working in Volusia, Senator Evelyn Lynn (R-District 7) is concerned and sympathetic in regard to persons with disabilities.  Her office was always open to us and for us when there were issues that concerned the disability community.) 

FROM:  Linda G. Howard     Any chance of that passing?

FROM:  ROS    Yes.  In fact, I think it is likely to pass.

FROM:  LGH    Is this good or bad?  I personally think it would be better because APD hasn’t seemed to work out very well but I really don’t know what I’m talking about.

FROM: ROS     Don’t feel bad.  I don’t think anyone knows if they like the idea or not.

If you would like to read the complete statement of agency organization andoperations, go to http://www.fdhc.state.fl.us/Inside_AHCA/docs/org_statement.pdf

 Here is some information about AHCA from their website:

AGENCY FOR HEALTH CARE ADMINISTRATION

STATEMENT OF AGENCY ORGANIZATION AND OPERATION

GENERAL DESCRIPTION

The Agency for Health Care Administration was brought into existence by Chapter 20, Florida Statutes. It is the chief health policy and planning entity for the state. The Agency is responsible for health facility licensure, inspection, and regulatory enforcement; investigation of consumer complaints related to health care facilities and managed care plans; the implementation of the certificate of need program; the operation of the Florida Center for Health Information and Policy Analysis; the administration of the Medicaid program; the administration of the contracts with the Florida Healthy Kids Corporation; the certification of health maintenance organizations and prepaid health clinics as set forth in part III of Chapter 641; and any other duties prescribed by statute or agreement.

AGENCY HEAD

The head of the Agency for Health Care Administration is the Secretary, who is appointed by the Governor, subject to confirmation by the Senate. The Secretary serves at the pleasure of and reports to the Governor.

ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURE

The Agency for Health Care Administration is divided into various units and sub-units as follows:

Chief of Staff Office

The Chief of Staff office coordinates Medicaid and health care regulation policy with other state agencies, the Legislature and the federal government. This office oversees the Agency’s Division of Administrative Services, the Florida Center for Health Information and Policy Analysis and the Florida Washington Office.