Only a few months after getting rejected -- and then confirmed at the last minute of the session -- by the Senate, Tom Arnold is retiring as head of the Agency for Health Care Administration, which includes Florida's Medicaid program. Arnold, a policy wonk, was the state Medicaid director for four years and chief of staff at the agency before Gov. Charlie Crist elevated him to the post last fall. He has more than 30 years of experience with the state's health care programs. Interim director Elizabeth Dudek will take over the agency on Aug. 31.
"Tom has been a tireless advocate on behalf of quality and affordable health care for Floridians for more than 30 years," Crist said in a statement. "With a strong record of battling and preventing Medicaid fraud, Tom has worked to ensure quality medical services to Floridians in financial need."