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After a successful career spanning three decades, Bob Asztalos will be retiring as chief lobbyist/emergency response coordinator for the Florida Health Care Association. Asztalos, a retired U.S. Navy Senior Chief who also served as chair of the Florida Veterans Foundation last year, will officially step down on September 30.

Asztalos has been active in legislative circles advocating for Florida’s veterans and the Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs. After 30 years, Bob Asztalos (shown here with Lisa Giacobbe) is stepping down as head lobbyist for the FHCA. “It is hard to believe that I have had the privilege of representing long term care providers for thirty years,” Asztalos wrote in a letter to FHCA Executive Director Emmett Reed . “It has been an honor to represent the good people who take care of our greatest generation. I have learned much from your leadership of the Association over the last twelve years and I feel incredibly lucky to have worked with the outstanding staff at FHCA.”

Asztalos will certainly be leaving with one more major win, as the 2020-2021 budget — signed Monday by Gov. Ron DeSantis — includes a $105 million Medicaid funding increase for nursing center care. This leaves most of […]

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