In January 2008, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal appointed Alan Levine to lead the state’s health agency, the Department of Health and Hospitals. The agency, the state’s largest, has a $7.8 billion annual budget and nearly 12,000 employees and administers programs in mental health, public health, emergency preparedness, Medicaid, health information technology, addictive disorders and aging services.
Levine is nationally recognized for leading efforts to reform Medicaid, creating a more transparent health care system through mandatory public reporting of health provider outcomes, implementing privacy-protected electronic medical records, and being prepared for hurricanes and other natural disasters. In August 2006, Modern Healthcare magazine named Levine one of 30 leaders nationwide likely to have a powerful impact on the future of health care.
Prior to his arrival in Louisiana, Levine served as president and chief executive officer of Florida’s Broward Health, one of the largest non-profit public health care systems in the U.S. In July 2004, he was appointed by Florida Gov. Jeb Bush to serve as secretary of the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration, the state’s health financing, regulatory and policy agency. With a budget of more than $16 billion, the Agency oversees and operates the Florida Medicaid program, licenses and regulates more than 25,000 health care facilities and 25 health maintenance organizations, and publishes health care data and statistics. Prior to his appointment, Levine was tapped by Gov. Bush to serve as his deputy chief of staff and senior health policy advisor. At age 29, he was named CEO of Doctors' Memorial Hospital in Perry, Florida, and later served as CEO of South Bay Hospital in Sun City Center, Florida.
He has served on numerous boards of directors, including; Florida Hospital Association, Florida Center for Nursing, Alternative Education Institute, Association of Community Hospitals and Health Systems, Boys and Girls Club, and Junior Achievement. He also has served as a guardian ad-litem within Florida's child welfare system, and participates in the Big Brother and Big Sister program.
Mr. Levine received a bachelor’s degree in health education and two master's degrees in business administration and health services in 1992 from the University of Florida. He is married to Laura, and enjoys spending time with his son, Terry, and daughter, Kathryn. He spends his spare time coaching youth football, snow-skiing, and enjoying University of Florida Gator athletics.
What concerns are on citizens’ minds as they go to the polls this fall?
The presidential election may be getting all of the attention, but Louisiana residents will be making several important decisions at the ballot box in November. The U.S. Senate seat left up for grabs by retiring Sen. David Vitter has drawn a field of 24 candidates. Louisianians in the south- and northwest parts of the state will also be voting on congressmen. So, what national concerns are on citizens’ minds as they go to the polls this fall? What statewide issues should be on the mind of Louisiana’s next Congressional leaders? Louisiana Public Square looks for answers on “Election 2016” Wednesday, October 26 at 7p.m.
• Elizabeth Crisp / The Advocate
• Greg Hilburn / Gannett Newspapers
• Martin Johnson, Ph.D. / LSU Manship School of Mass Communication
• Albert Samuels, Ph.D. / Mandela School of Public Policy, Southern University
LPB CEO Beth Courtney and Patricia Smith, with the College of Government and Social Sciences at Southern University, moderate the discussion.
“Election 2016” can also be heard on public radio stations WRKF in Baton Rouge; Red River Radio in Shreveport and Monroe; and WWNO in New Orleans. Check their station websites for schedule.
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