State's first Insurance Consumer Advocate back on the job
Steve Burgess, who was the state's first Insurance Consumer Advocate in 1990, has returned to the position for a third time.
Burgess, 65, of Tallahassee, became the first insurance consumer advocate when he was appointed by then-Insurance Commissioner Tom Gallagher. Burgess held the position until 1997 when he was involved in a showdown with then-Insurance Commissioner Bill Nelson. Burgess returned to the position from 2004 to 2007 when Gallagher, then CEO, put him back in the job.
Burgess most recently served as the staff director of the Florida Senate’s Committee on Banking and Insurance. He also served as an associate and deputy public counsel and received his bachelor’s degree in accounting and his law degree from Florida State University.
Burgess replaces Robin Westcott, who left in September to return to the private sector.
Florida’s Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater had this comment about Burgess in a press release: “Steve’s career experience and his understanding of the insurance industry will help further our efforts to hold insurance companies accountable and ensure that Floridians are being treated fairly. He is a proven advocate for Florida consumers and I am confident he will represent the best interests of Florida families.”
New leader named for health plan association
Audrey Brown has become the new president and CEO of Florida Association of Health Plans.
She was most recently chief of staff to Florida Insurance Commissioner Kevin McCarty. She served as McCarty's chief policy advisor, chief lobbyist on agency fiscal matters and managed the operations of the Office of Insurance Regulation.
Brown also worked as deputy chief of staff to McCarty from June 2007 to November 2007 and she workedin the executive office for Gov. Jeb Bush.