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ACHA's chief of staff Jason Weida takes over as agency's interim secretary

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With the departure of Simone Marstiller from the Agency for Health Care Administration, Jason Weida has become interim secretary of the agency.

Jason Weida was appointed to run the Agency for Health Care Administration, which oversees the state's Medicaid program. He fills in for Simone Marstiller, who recently stepped down.

With the departure of Simone Marstiller from the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration, Jason Weida has become interim secretary of the agency, according to the AHCA website.

Weida, an attorney, most recently worked as the agency’s chief of staff after serving as an assistant deputy secretary for Medicaid Policy and Quality.

Marstiller announced in November that she was stepping down as secretary of the agency, which oversees the massive Medicaid program.

Gov. Ron DeSantis appointed Marstiller as AHCA secretary in February 2021, after she served a little more than two years as secretary of the Department of Juvenile Justice.

In May 2020, former President Donald nominated Weida to be inspector general at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, but Weida was never confirmed by the Senate. He was to replace Christi Grimm, who Trump fired after disagreeing with her report chronicling COVID testing delays and supply shortages at the pandemic's outset.

At the time, Weida was an assistant United States attorney in Boston. He previously worked in the Department of Justice’s Office of Legal Policy.

Information from NPR was used in this report.