The Legislature completed their special session/committee week and a back-to-back second committee week before the Thanksgiving holiday. They are scheduled to meet the first two weeks in December in another series of back-to-back committee meetings. The Governor will be presenting his proposed budget during this set of committee meetings. The Legislature will then break for the holidays and will return to start the legislative session on January 9th.
Senate President Passidomo is making her Live Healthy Initiative a priority for this Session. President Passidomo is concerned that many are moving to Florida without access to healthcare. Currently, there are almost 300,000 people moving to Florida each year and they are not bringing their healthcare providers with them.
The President wants to make sure that Florida’s healthcare workforce is growing just like the rest of the state. In the Senate and the House there have been workshops on this topic with presentations on the health care workforce by DOH, AHCA and others.
Part of the solution being proposed is an increase in GME funding for residents.
As the start of session is rapidly approaching, legislation is being introduced. I anticipate several bills being filed relating to mammography and have been working closely with the Women’s Imaging work group. They have all been tremendously helpful and I greatly appreciate their support.
I hope everyone has a safe, happy, and healthy holiday season.