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Heavy Hitters Convene in Orlando

Leon County Judge John Cooper on June 30, 2022, in a screen grab from The Florida Channel.
The Florida Channel
Leon County Judge John Cooper on June 30, 2022, in a screen grab from The Florida Channel.

Lawmakers and corporate executives convene Thursday in Orlando to talk about the future of health care, or at least how much it will cost.  Hundreds, maybe thousands of people who want to bend their ear are expected to show up.

Health News Florida Editor Carol Gentry will be there and will tweet from @hnfeditor.

The two-day "Florida Health Care Affordability Summit" is sponsored by the Foundation for Associated Industries.  

Earlier today, meeting planners released a list of big names who are expected to be there.

Confirmed Elected Officials:
Congressman Tom Price, M.D. (R-GA) - Chair, Republican Policy Committee
Senator Aaron Bean (R-Fernandina Beach) - Chair, Senate Health Policy Committee
Senator Denise Grimsley (R-Sebring) - Chair, Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Health & Human Services
Senator Joe Negron (R-Stuart) - Chair, Senate Committee on Appropriations and Senate Select Committee on Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act
Representative Richard Corcoran (R-New Port Richey) - Chair, House Health & Human Services Committee
Representative Matt Hudson (R-Naples) - Chair, House Health Care Appropriations Subcommittee
Representative John Wood (R-Winter Haven) - Chair, House Health & Human Services Committee

Confirmed Panelists & Speakers:
Tom Feeney – President  & CEO, Associated Industries of Florida
Michael Millenson – President, Health Care Quality Advisors
Marcus Osborne – Vice President, Health & Wellness Payer Relations, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
Alan Levine – Senior Vice President & Florida Group President, Health Management Associates
Jay Wolfson, Ph.D. – Professor of Public Health & Medicine, University of South Florida
J.D. Kleinke – Resident Fellow, American Enterprise Institute
Stuart Slutzky – Chief of Product Innovation, HumanaVitality
Mark LaBorde – President of Florida Markets, Aetna
Brian Kiss, M.D. – Senior Medical Director for Network Programs, Florida Blue
Brian Klepper, Ph.D. – Chief Development Officer, WeCare TLC
Michael Perry, M.D. – Medical Director, Laser Spine Institute
John McFadden, Ph.D. – Interim Dean, College of Health Sciences, Barry University
Holli Ploog – Vice President, CGI Government Markets
Jonathan C. Anderson – Vice President of Sales Strategy, Distribution & Integration for Employer Markets, Florida Blue
Chris Day – Head of Business Development & Marketing, Aetna
Josue Rodas – Executive Director, Regional Extension Center, University of Central Florida
Tarren Bragdon – President & Chief Executive Officer, Foundation for Government Accountability
Shannon Wedekind – Pharmacy Supervisor, Walgreen Co.
Kevin Kuhlman – Manager of Legislative Affairs, National Federation of Independent Business
Kenneth Boyle, O.D. -  Doctor of Optometry, Brevard Vision CenterC
hristopher Saslo, ARNP – Associate Chief Nurse for Clinical Practice, West Palm Beach VA Medical Center
Geeta Nayyar, M.D. – Chief Medical Information Officer, AT&T
Patrick Ross – Vice President of Program Integrity Solutions, Optum Government Solutions
Daniel Waldmann – Senior Vice President of Public Affairs, Tenet Healthcare Corporation
David E. Young – Vice President for TelePsych Services for OptumHealth Specialty Networks
Debra L. Faulkner – Managing Principal, Verizon Connected Health Care
Jason Delimitros – Chief Operating Officer, Sunshine State Health Plan, a subsidiary of Centene Corporation
Rose M. Naff – Chief Executive Officer, Florida Health Choices, Inc.

Carol Gentry, founder and special correspondent of Health News Florida, has four decades of experience covering health finance and policy, with an emphasis on consumer education and protection.