Legislative Update
January 1, 2021
Paul D. Seltzer, DO, Legislative Chair
Stephen R. Winn, ED
Michelle W. Larson, Assoc. ED
Jason D. Winn, Esq.
Summary
As we move towards the 2021 Legislative Session, we would like to wish everyone a Happy and Healthy New Year. There is much to look forward to as we leave 2020 behind and move toward an end to the pandemic which has afflicted many and devastated certain segments of the State's economy.

We would like to thank the countless health care providers who have sacrificed so much in service to others, running toward danger to offer aid and comfort to those afflicted with COVID-19. Together with our partners in the pharmaceutical industry, much has been accomplished in 2020 to save lives as we learn more about the disease. The innovation deployed in the fight is nothing short of remarkable, considering where we were this time last year.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the sick and those who lost loved ones throughout the course of this pandemic.

This week Governor DeSantis announced Floridians age sixty-five and older are eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccines through local county health departments. The following is an excerpt from the Governor's press release relating to week three of the State's COVID-19 vaccination plan.

Week Three (Currently Underway)

  • Florida is full speed ahead at vaccinating our state’s most vulnerable and is working to send vaccine to every county and nearly every hospital in the state. Next week (week 4), Florida will continue to reinforce our efforts to ensure every individual 65 and older in our state that wants a vaccine can access it.

  • This week, Florida is preparing to receive 127,100 doses of the Moderna vaccine. 93,900 doses of the vaccine will be distributed to the county health departments that have not previously received doses of a COVID-19 vaccine. The remaining 33,200 doses of the Moderna vaccine will be sent to 54 hospitals that had not previously received the COVID-19 vaccine. With these allocations, all 67 Florida counties will have vaccine doses by the end of the week. Find the full list of hospitals that have received the vaccine HERE.

  • Florida is expecting to receive 118,950 doses of the Pfizer vaccine, which will be used to administer the second dose at the original five pilot hospitals, and long-term care facilities in Broward and Pinellas Counties who received their first dose through Florida Department of Health and Florida National Guard strike teams.

  • Next week (week 4), we will also be able to begin administering the second doses to individuals that received their first dose in Week 1.

HOW SENIORS 65+ MAY ACCESS THE VACCINE IN FLORIDA
At today’s press conference, the Governor shared the following information with Florida seniors 65 and older:

  • For now, the COVID-19 vaccine will only be available to seniors from two sources:

  • county health departments in partnership with county emergency managers
  • hospitals.

  • Each county health department will be offering the vaccine differently to best fit the needs of their community. Some county health departments will only be offering vaccines at specific locations. Other county health departments may send teams into senior living communities. Some will employ a hybrid of the two. Your local county health department will clearly communicate how and when they will be administering the vaccine.

  • All county health departments have now received the vaccine. Many have begun vaccinating those 65 and older already and have set up appointments.

  • In addition to your county health department, you should check the websites of local hospitals to see if they have started offering vaccines to seniors in the community.

  • The Florida State Emergency Response Team asked hospitals to create and immediately begin executing plans to vaccinate seniors as soon as they complete vaccinating their frontline workers.

  • Whether you go to a county vaccination site or hospital, the COVID-19 vaccine supply is currently limited: there is not nearly enough vaccine available for the over 4 million seniors in Florida. So, we ask you to bear with us and please do not show up to a vaccination site unannounced.
Legislative Spotlight
HB 0109 Prescription Insulin Drugs by Bell
 
The legislation requires individual and group health insurance policies to cap insured's and subscriber's monthly cost-sharing obligation for covered prescription insulin drugs. Under the proposal, coverage for prescription insulin drugs are not subject to a deductible.

HB 0111 Autonomous Practice, Advanced Practice Registered Nurse by Sirois

HB 0111 expands the scope of practice for advanced practice registered nurses. Presently, autonomous practice for advance nursing is limited to primary care. As drafted, the legislation would expand autonomy to all practice areas designated within his or her specialty as defined under s. 464.012(4).

SB 0390. Prescription Drug Coverage by Wright

SB 390 revises provisions relating to pharmacy benefit managers, providing for the following:

  • Authorizes the Office of Insurance Regulation to examine pharmacy benefit managers;
  • Revises the entities conducting pharmacy audits to which certain requirements and restrictions apply;
  • Revises the definition of the term “maximum allowable cost”;
  • Authorizes the office to require health insurers to submit to the office certain contracts or contract amendments entered into with pharmacy benefit managers;
  • Requires certain health benefit plans covering small employers to comply with certain provisions.
Bill Tracking
Please see the link below containing a list of all legislation filed to date. Let us know if you have any specific areas of interest or concern.



The following bills were filed over the holidays.

HB 0099 Use of Epinephrine Auto-injectors on Public K-20 Campuses by Gottlieb
HB 0109 Prescription Insulin Drugs by Bell
HB 0111 Autonomous Practice by an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse by Sirois
HB 0117 Resource Information for Individuals with Disabilities by Tant
HB 0119. Behavioral Health Services for Defendants with Mental Illness by Fetterhoff
HB 0133. Surrendered Newborn Infants by HardingSB 0348Medicaid by Rodriguez (A)
SB 0352. Massage Therapy by Rodriguez (A)
SB 0362. Pediatric Cardiac Care by Harrell
SB 0364. Discrimination on the Basis of Personal Health Information by Gruters
SB 0380. Child Restraint Requirements by Perry
SB 0390. Prescription Drug Coverage by Wright
SB 0404. Office of Minority Health and Health Equity by Rouson
2020 Bills of Interest Effective January 1, 2021

HB 0213 Immunization Registery by Massullo
 
Immunization Registry: Revising provisions relating to the communicable disease prevention and control program under the Department of Health; providing that certain students who obtain vaccinations from a college or university student health center or clinic in the state may refuse to be included in the immunization registry; requiring a specified consent to treatment form to contain a certain notice; revising school-entry health requirements to require students to have a certificate of immunization on file with the department's immunization registry; requiring each district school board and the governing authority of each private school to establish and enforce a policy requiring the age-appropriate screening of students for scoliosis, etc. Effective Date: January 1, 2021

HB 0731 Agency for Health Care Administration by Perez
 
Agency for Health Care Administration: Revises certain duties of AHCA relating to reporting, oversight, licensure inspections, issuance of licenses, & Medicaid fraud investigations; removes annual assessment on health care entities; removes provisions relating to multiphasic testing centers. Effective Date: July 1, 2020

HB 1193 Deregulation of Professions and Occupations by Ingoglia
 
Deregulation of Professions and Occupations: Requiring the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles to waive the requirement to pass the Commercial Driver License Skills Tests for certain servicemembers and veterans; specifying that the failure to repay certain student loans is not considered a failure to perform a statutory or legal obligation for which certain disciplinary action can be taken; deleting the requirement that the Florida State Boxing Commission adopt rules relating to a knockdown timekeeper; revising the membership and qualifications of the Florida Building Commission, etc. Effective Date: July 1, 2020
 
HB 0851 Human Trafficking by Fitzenhagen
 
Human Trafficking: Requires Department of Legal Affairs to establish certain direct-support organization; provides for future review & repeal; provides for instruction on human trafficking; requires specified licensees or certificate holders to post human trafficking public awareness signs in place of work; provides penalties; requires specified continuing education for certain persons; requires Department of Law Enforcement to establish continued employment training component relating to human trafficking; provides appropriation. Effective Date: July 1, 2019
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