Gov. Scott announces retirement of AHCA Secretary Liz Dudek
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, Gov. Rick Scott announced Secretary Liz Dudek’s retirement from the Agency for Healthcare Administration, which will be effective on October 3, 2016. She has served in this role since 2011 and has been an employee with the State of Florida for more than 40 years. Justin Senior, who currently serves as Deputy Secretary of the Division of Medicaid, will serve as Interim Secretary beginning on October 3rd.
Gov. Scott said, “Liz Dudek has been a part of my team since my first year in office and has spent over four decades serving Florida families. She cares deeply about making our state the best place for families. Under her leadership, we have worked to make hospitals more transparent and accomplished historic Medicaid reform. She helped champion quality health services for children in our state and worked hard on our Commission on Healthcare and Hospital Funding where she fought to protect patients from being price gouged at hospitals. She has done an outstanding job making sure all Floridians have the opportunity to lead a healthy and safe life and I wish her the best in her retirement.”
Justin Senior has served in his current position as Deputy Secretary since 2011, and has been with AHCA since 2007. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Medicaid Directors. Justin received his law degree from the University of Florida.
Gov. Rick Scott continued, “Justin has been an integral part of AHCA’s senior leadership team and has done an outstanding job running our state’s Medicaid system. He has been a leader in establishing our Statewide Medicaid Managed Care System and oversaw its successful implementation in 2013 and 2014. I am confident he will do a great job in this new role and be a strong advocate for patients in our state.”
As Secretary, Liz Dudek oversaw the operations of the Florida Medicaid Program, the Division of Health Quality Assurance and the Florida Center for Health Information and Policy Analysis. She also Co-Chaired the Commission on Healthcare and Hospital Funding, which Governor Scott appointed her to in 2015. For more than 20 years, Dudek served in various roles at AHCA, including Bureau Chief of Certificate of Need/Budget Review, Assistant Director, Bureau Chief of Health Facility Compliance and Assistant Deputy Secretary of Managed Care and Health Quality. Her service to the State of Florida began in the mid-1970’s.