Toby Philpot joined Floridian Partners on September 15, 2022. Toby is a health care policy expert and veteran political strategist who’s practice focuses on assisting Floridian’s health care client’s with their legislative and executive advocacy needs.
Toby came to Floridian from the Florida Health Care Association (FHCA) where he served as chief lobbyist. He was named Runner-Up In-House Lobbyist of the Year by INFLUENCE Magazine for his successful stewardship of the association’s legislative agenda during the 2021 legislative session. Toby delivered once again in the 2022 legislative session by leading FHCA’s efforts to secure a historic 7.8% ($293 million) increase in Medicaid funding for nursing center care and worked to ensure successful passage of House Bill 1239 to modernize Florida’s staffing standards.
Prior to joining the FHCA, Toby served for five years as chief of staff for the Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA), where he served under three AHCA secretaries. In this capacity, he managed the daily operations of one of the largest agencies in state government, with oversight of Florida’s Medicaid program, and the licensing and regulation of Florida’s health care facilities. Drawing on this experience, Toby is uniquely positioned to advise managed care organizations, hospitals and long-term care providers on Medicare and Medicaid program issues.
While at AHCA, Toby also helped steer discussions on supplemental payment models, where he was closely involved with the agreement with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to extend Florida’s 1115 Managed Medical Assistance waiver that allows for the continuation of the Low Income Pool program through June 30, 2030. Additionally, Toby participated in the development of the Medicaid Directed Payment Program (DPP), which helps hospitals recoup unmet costs expended in the delivery of care by unlocking additional federal funds.
Additionally, Toby is a former chief of staff at the Florida Lottery; a former political director for former Senate President Mike Haridopolos; and a former deputy legislative affairs director for the Florida Department of Transportation.
In 2013, Philpot was named one of Florida Politics’ “30 under 30” rising stars of Florida politics.