The Florida Legislative Session officially starts on March 5th ending on May 3rd. The committee weeks have been busy with meetings and lots of informational meetings and workshops to educate the new members.
HB 23, by Rep Clay Yarborough- R, Jacksonville, is the Speaker’s bill on Telehealth which allows out of state doctors to practice medicine in Florida by registering with the Department of Health and gives insurance companies tax credits for providing telehealth. Please click here to read the bill.
The Senate has a Telehealth bill in drafting that has not been released yet that will be coming from Senate Health Policy Committee, chaired by Sen Gayle Harrell. She has been working with us and the FMA on the bill language. I have not seen the final draft but per the Senator the bill states that the provider must be Florida licensed, must be paid parity for services, and uses the compact for licensure. She is adamant that to provide telemedicine in Florida one must be licensed in Florida. This will be a hot issue throughout the session.
The Governor has recently announced his endorsement of SB 524 by Senator Manny Diaz (R – Miami) and HB 1113 by Rep Paul Renner (R- Jacksonville) that would allow insurance companies to offer financial incentives for people who shop for lower-priced health care. There is a concerted effort to increase healthcare pricing transparency in Florida. These proposals will empower patients, decrease costs and improve the quality of the state’s healthcare system, per the Governor and legislative leadership. Click on links to bills SB 524 and HB 1113 .
Also being discussed are bills relating to opioid prescribing, marijuana – smokable Issue, prescribing, and vertical integration, physician extender bills, ambulatory surgery center bills, birth center bills, con deregulation bills and not everything has come out of drafting yet. It will be quite a busy session.
Please contact me if you have any questions on bills.
All my best,
Alison Dudley, FRS Lobbyist