Gov. Rick Scott named Carlos Beruff, a Manatee County developer, as chairman of the newly created Commission on Healthcare and Hospital Funding.
The commission's mission is to, "investigate the role of taxpayer funding for hospitals, insurers, and healthcare providers," according to Scott's office.
Scott set up the commission via executive order after the Legislature's failure to pass a budget during the regular session. Negotiations failed mainly over health care funding, including the federal government not committing to send Low Income Pool money, which funds health care for the poor after the state and the House's refusal to pass Medicaid expansion.
Beruff will chair of the nine-person commission. Only one member has experience listed specific to the medical community.
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Beruff is a member of the South Florida Water Management District, the Sarasota Manatee Airport Authority and the President of Medallion Homes.
Manatee chamber VP garners statewide award
MANATEE -- The Florida Association of Chamber Professionals has named Jacki Dezelski, executive vice president of the Manatee Chamber of Commerce, its "Chamber Professional of the Year."
The award was presented May 8 at the association's statewide conference in Tampa.
The recognition is given to a chamber professional for exemplary service and outstanding or extraordinary performance in three or more of the following areas: leadership, mentoring, problem solving, teamwork, customer service, service projects, self improvement and efficiency.
Bob Bartz, president of the Manatee Chamber, said Dezelski has "significantly contributed to our success." Dezelski was promoted to the chamber's No. 2 executive position after Neil Spirtas retired.
Dezelski has worked for the Manatee Chamber since 1996. She holds a bachelor of fine arts degree and a master of business administration degree from the University of Florida.
Mexico opens bidding for 26 oil, gas drilling areas
MEXICO CITY -- Mexico has announced the opening of bidding for oil and gas drilling rights in 26 areas, the latest in a sweeping oil reform that allows participation of foreign companies.
The National Hydrocarbons Commission approved the auction for the land-based areas in five states in southern and northern Mexico, which together could yield 35,000 barrels of oil and 225 million cubic feet of natural gas per day.
This is the third of five sets of areas Mexico plans to auction in a first round. The previous two auctions were for areas in shallow water.
This first round of auctions has put in motion the historic reform of the energy sector passed last year. It signaled the end of a period that began with the nationalization of the oil industry in 1938.
-- Herald staff and wire reports