Miami Herald Selects Kasdan for 2019 Top 50 FL Influencer


BRADENTON, FL JULY 17, 2019 — For the second consecutive year, healthcare advocate, Victoria Kasdan was selected as one of 50 leading contributors to the Florida Influencer Series. Kasdan is the current President at Mission Made Possible, LLC, and former We Care Manatee Inc. Executive Director. Spearheaded by the Miami Herald, el Nuevo Herald, and the Bradenton Herald, the series looks to further the discussion and gain insight from opinion leaders on important issues facing the state of Florida. Victoria joins a diverse group of 49 other leaders from across the state representing a wide variety of fields ranging from the aerospace industry to educational leaders, hospital administrators, community activist, and more.

In addition to Kasdan, other distinguished 2019 FL Influencers include key players such as Frank DiBello, president and CEO of Space Florida; Catherine Stemien, president of Duke Energy Florida; Eric Eikenberg, CEO of The Everglades Foundation; and Karen Arnold, the chief operating officer of Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce

“Our inaugural project created thoughtful, nonpartisan conversations about solutions to Florida’s most pressing problems,” said Miami Herald Executive Editor Aminda Marquez Gonzalez. “This second class of Influencers will carry forward that work and keep our leaders talking about the policy proposals that will drive change in our communities and our state.”

Later this year the Influencers will gather, dig deep into the issues facing Florida, and present recommendations to a broader statewide audience at the upcoming 2019 FL Priorities Summit, November 19, 2019 in Miami.

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Victoria Kasdan:
Comments to Miami Herald

“Access to affordable, high quality healthcare remains a top priority in the minds of most Floridians. Our sunshine state ranks 49th on the healthcare spectrum with limited access, high cost and significant disparities that cast a dark cloud on the physical, mental and economic health of our communities. It’s time Florida lawmakers worked together, in a solutions-oriented manner focused on short and long term approaches toward reducing cost, improving quality and increasing access to health care in Florida. It’s imperative that bills be passed to reduce the number of uninsured, address barriers to care for the under insured and lessen the burden of uncompensated care on the taxpayer. Medicaid expansion using existing eligibility criteria would immediately cover an additional 300,000 Floridians at no additional cost to the state; they might also consider reallocating low income pool (LIP) funding to offer bridged subsidies for the under-insured which would cover another 400,000, and incorporating contingency waivers to minimize Florida’s risk should federal funding dry up. Other opportunities to address the healthcare issues in Florida include making better use of data analytics to quantify results, stop funding what isn’t working, maintain what is and initiate new funding community-based health care organizations, programs or services that provide measurable and meaningful outcomes, proven ROI or cost savings; and reduction in health disparities. Lives hang in the balance of our health care system. That’s why it’s important we have healthcare legislation that adequately addresses the unique needs of Floridians in an effective, yet compassionate way.”
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Victoria Kasdan, former director of We Care Manatee, and Jeff Welch, CEO of Tenet Health South Florida, participate in day one of the Florida Priorities Summit at the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida on Monday, November 18, 2019. MATIAS J. OCNER MOCNER@MIAMIHERALD.COM

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