Three key FOMA legislative priorities were passed in committee during the final week of interim meetings. On Monday, February 20, 2023, the Senate Health Policy Committee adopted SB 112, step therapy protocols; SB 298, telehealth practice standards; and SB 230, healthcare practitioner titles and designations. Please see the legislative highlights section below for more information concerning these bills.
The House Health and Human Services Committee held a panel discussion on gender dysphoria and minors. Scot N. Ackerman, M.D., Chair of the Florida Board of Medicine, provided an overview of the rule adopted by the Board of Medicine and Osteopathic Medicine regarding establishing standards of practice for treating gender dysphoria for minors. According to Dr. Akerman, based on expert testimony from experts who opposed and favored the minor gender dysphoria treatment, the boards found that there is no established standard of care, and experts agree there’s a lack of high-quality research. This finding prompted the Board of Medicine and the Board of Osteopathic Medicine to promulgate rules. The allopathic rule will take effect on March 15, and the osteopathic rule will take effect later due to a change to the rule eliminating the clinical research exemption.
In his closing remarks, Chair Fine advised he would file a bill concerning minors and gender-affirming care.